Learning from parkrun – Share your experience to help others

Seeking Ballymena parkrunners to share their experiences- parkrun researchers are coming to Ballymena on Saturday 6th June

We invite you to be part of our research with selected parkrun sites (Swindon and Mile End, England; St Andrews, Scotland; Ballymena, Northern Ireland) in 2015. Our aim is to better understand how parkrun engages people to be active and to identify inclusive strategies to build on this success in the future.

We are particularly interested in understanding how parkrun engages people from different social backgrounds (low income, women, black and minority ethnic groups, older adults as well as people who have been inactive or are managing health conditions eg, overweight, cancer, diabetes etc). We have received funding from Cancer Research UK to do the project and we will share our findings widely with parkrun and beyond.

We would like to hear about your experiences in our online survey so please follow this link for more information (we will also bring paper copies when we visit on Sat. 6th June). The survey link is now open for a month.


We would also like to conduct some in-depth interviews with selected parkrunners/volunteers. If you wish to share relevant photographs of yourself that represent the meaning of participation, we would be happy for you to bring them along (digital or hard copy). You can email us or tick the survey box to say that you would be happy to do a 30 minute interview when our team visits on Saturday 6th June, 2015.

We would like to thank Susanna and the ‘Ballymena Co-Researchers’ for working with us. By taking part in the research you will provide valuable information on how parkrun ‘works’ as a volunteer-led approach to physical activity.

News story link – http://www.bath.ac.uk/research/news/2014/10/01/cruk-parkrun/
Our Email: run_researchCRUK@bath.ac.uk
Follow us on twitter @run_research

MANY THANKS from the UK Research Team:
Principal Investigator: Prof. Simone Fullagar, University of Bath
Co-Investigators: Dr. Gozde Ozakinci, Dr Sandra Petris, Mrs Muhsina Akhtar, Dr Stephanie Allen,
Research Assistant: Julia Sargent

This research has been approved by the Department for Health Ethics Committee, University of Bath


Christmas Day Run

Sneak in an extra run with your parkrun friends Christmas morning at Ecos.


IMPORTANT News about Ecos parkrun 26 January 2013

The Braid has broken its banks spectacularly so we will not be able to run either the normal or the high water parkrun route tomorrow morning – however read on for an alternative…

Ballymena Runners will provide a 5 km timed run assuming it is not icy underfoot. The two lap route will start at the Visitor Centre, go over the Millenium footbridge, through the showgrounds and back along the road through the park.

For insurance reasons this is not a parkrun therefore the run will not be recorded by parkrun and you will not get an official parkrun result. The club will however have a timer at the finish so that you can find out how long you took. Refreshments will be available afterwards in the Centre.

In the unlikely event that it will be too icy for a safe run there will be a post on Facebook by 8.30 in the morning.



We have decided to cancel Ecos parkrun tomorrow Saturday 19 on grounds of safety. The forecast is for a combination of snow with freezing temperatures overnight. This means that the course is likely to be slippy and the long untreated road into the park will present a hazard to drivers. Sorry to disappoint but we'd rather do that than have someone get injured on their way to or at parkrun. Please spread the word and follow our Facebook or website for news of next week's parkrun.

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