Volunteering at parkrun
Jun25

Volunteering at parkrun

Every parkrun event you ever go to, whether in the UK or around the world, is completely run by volunteers. That’s a huge commitment by a dedicated group of people to ensure others in their community have a weekly event to keep them fit and get them out in the fresh air and meeting people. Each event is run by a core team of volunteers. This may be a group of people who already know each other, or they may have been brought...

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Parkrun 2018: End of year report
Jan15

Parkrun 2018: End of year report

2018 was another busy parkrun year for my family, with my husband, dad and I running more times than ever. But we’re not the only ones, parkrun is something my whole family does. We’ve also got out and about and tried a few different parkruns. So I thought I’d compile an end of year report for all of us. And the main conclusion is – we all need to volunteer a bit more! Me Number of runs: 44 Number of different...

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New Year’s Day double parkrun challenge
Jan02

New Year’s Day double parkrun challenge

Parkrun takes place at 9am local time every Saturday at hundreds of parks and open spaces around the world. Always 9am on Saturday. Them’s the rules. But event organisers (who are always volunteers) have the flexibility to run an extra event on Christmas Day and/ or New Year’s Day. I’ve run Christmas Day parkrun at our home event for four consecutive years and it’s one of the highlights of the whole day for me....

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Parkrun triumphs 2018
Dec28

Parkrun triumphs 2018

It’s been another year of parkrun triumphs for my entire family. Here’s some of our highlights… On 10th January, still not fully recovered from my injury, I came first in my age category for the first time since 5th November. OK, so the time wasn’t particularly quick (24:44) and my rival who has been beating me for all that time was away, but I was still happy to be back to winning ways. On 17th February, I got...

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Parkrun first lady – a dream come true
Dec11

Parkrun first lady – a dream come true

Ever since I finished as third woman at parkrun over two years ago (I’ve done it several times), it has been my dream to be the first lady across the line. Or even the second. Our parkrun is big, so it was never going to happen at ours. Maybe if the planets aligned and I had a really, really good day and there weren’t many other women there, I might just have made second. But never first. So I knew I would have to do it...

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