Our Sponsors and Supporters
Our supporters differ slightly from our sponsors in that they are involved in growing the number of parkrun events or are partnering to improve our existing offering.
London Marathon injects much needed resources with the specific goal of seeing more events in London and across the UK. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, provides funding to parkrun for community sports participation focused on increasing participation in sport and physical activity amongst Londoners. Lloydspharmacy are supporting the start up of a set number of events this year, while Three and aql are partnering to offer and enhanced experience to the parkrunner and the volunteer communities. All these organisations have one thing in common, they want everyone throughout the country to have access to free activities that bring communities together and improve our well-being.
The London Marathon is a committed supporter of parkrun. The London Marathon trustees view parkrun as an excellent initiative delivering on the promise to make running accessible to everyone. London Marathon's philanthropic gesture enables faster growth of the parkrun family in London and across the country.
The Mayor of London is investing in parkrun as part of the Mayors Legacy Programme to add an additional 20 new parkruns in London. A Sporting Future for London' sets out the Mayor's plans to increase physical activity and sporting participation across the capital as a long lasting legacy arising from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. www.london.gov.uk/priorities/sport
Three - the mobile communications company, and aql - the company powering the mobile messaging of many of the UK’s largest brands, have come together to help parkrun connect local communities. The partnership will help encourage people across the country to be excited about their running by enabling parkrun organisers to quickly upload running times and photos from their events after they finish. Three provides a mobile internet dongle to each event in the UK.
aql was formed at the beginning of the “internet boom”, offering mobile messaging and direct connections to mobile network providers. aql views parkrun as removing barriers and encouraging everyone to “just get out there and do it”. Running is about freedom and friendship while competing is about focus and aql wholeheartedly supports these ambitions and principles. aql enables parkrunners to receive their results on their mobile devices at lightning speed.
parkrun is an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for the Volunteering section of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE). Young people doing their DofE can volunteer with parkrun in a variety of roles, whilst working towards their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.