Parkrun turns One

If you haven’t heard of parkrun by now, you must be living under a rock. It’s the free, weekly, timed 5km run that has been taking the world by storm. From humble beginnings in Bushy Park, UK in October 2004, parkrun has grown. It now has events in 261 locations in 8 countries around the world.

Parkrun is completely free, and is run by a team of volunteers each week. Runners are asked to pre-register online at the parkrun website, nominate your ‘local’ run, print out your barcode, and bring it alomg with you when you run. Once you have registered, your barcode will get you into any parkrun, anywhere in the world. If you haven’t been to parkrun yet, I urge you to get along to one soon – it is all-inclusive… runners, joggers, walkers, kids and dogs… parkrun is for everyone.

This Queens birthday long weekend, the world’s second-largest parkrun celebrated it’s first birthday. 799 runners completed the course in the rain on Saturday morning, proving that, even in adverse weather, there is something special about Newy Parkrun. Something¬†that makes hundreds of runners of varying ability and experience want to get out of bed on a wet winter’s morning and run 5km, and come back week after week. We even had a visit from the Queen… (Photo credit: Nick Cummins)

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Alan Field celebrates his 100th running of parkrun. He recieved his centurion's t-shirt to mark the occasion
Alan Field celebrates his 100th running of parkrun. He recieved his centurion’s t-shirt to mark the occasion

NBN News covered the day, and aired a story tonight on Newy Parkrun. Watch it here.

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