What a week of celebrations it has been for parkrun SA, with parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt visiting South Africa and joining in on the 6th birthday celebrations.
Paul, creator of parkrun, was instrumental in helping parkrun SA CEO Bruce Fordyce and his wife Gill map the first SA parkrun route at Delta Park in Johannesburg 6 years ago. Paul founded the very first parkrun in Lon
by Paul Sinton-Hewitt (parkrun founder) - 05 October 2017
As we prepare to celebrate our 13th birthday this weekend, it’s hard not to reflect on how far we have come in such a short space of time. 13 runners and a handful of volunteers at our first event have grown into a global community of more than 2.5 million participants. And while the numbers are impressive, it’s the friendships, the life-changing stories and the positivity that I have always seen as t
Ramona Thevenet recently became the first woman in the world to complete 500 parkruns. She is also amongst only 8 people in the 500 Club so far. Ramona shares her amazing parkrun journey of the last 12 years.
My parkrun journey began shortly after the first anniversary of Bushy parkrun (UK) in October 2005. I was already a runner then and had taken part in lots of running events, but parkrun
There is nothing more wonderful than the love and guidance a grandparent can give his or her grandchild (Eward Fays).
These wise words precisely describe the parkrun journey of a UK granddad and his grandson, whose special bond has - through running - grown stronger each passing year.
At the tender age of 7 Oscar Lecore ran his very first parkrun alongside his proud granddad,
Want to run faster at your next parkrun? Then try this very simple piece of advice.
Most parkrunners wake up, get dressed, pitch up and start running or walking. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. But if your goal is to try and better your time at your weekly parkrun, then you should try to arrive a little earlier and simply warm up.
Even taking part in a single parkrun can have huge benefits. In a study done by Mike Rogerson, a specialist in exercise and sport psychology at the University of Essex, it was found that apart from the physical benefits, the psychological well-being of participants also improved significantly.
Rogerson studied around 330 UK participants to measure the effect the weekly session can have on psy
He has just completed his 250th parkrun, making him only the 4th person in South Africa to do so, and the first in the Eastern Cape. On top of this Henry Pienaar has volunteered at parkruns a staggering 130 times. It is unbelievable to imagine that merely 5 years ago Henry was obese and a diabetic.
When Henry Pienaar crossed the finish line of his 250th parkrun at t
At the age of 13 UK park runner Laura Elfes set foot in Poole Park at 9:00am for her very first parkrun. It was painful to her mum, who ended up promising Laura a cake if she kept on going! Lara has since done more than 50 park runs and has never looked back. This is 16-year-old Laura’s story as told in her own words.
I'm not sure if my mum ever regrets taking me to that first run o
Parkruns have become a global phenomenon. Here are some interesting facts about this popular weekly 5km timed event.
The first parkrun was run in October 2004 in London’s Bushy Park. Paul Sinton-Hewitt, who could not even run it, as he was a volunteer timekeeper that morning, organized it. A total of 13 runners pitched.
The joy of sharing your love of running with a sibling, spouse, parent or your little one is happiness beyond measure. And it seems parkrunning is where this all starts.
For as long as I can remember my Dad and I have been running. It’s always been ‘our thing’ and the rest of the family would often sigh and roll their eyes when, over long family lunches, we would for hours o