It’s a pretty unusual week for us with only a single new parkrun starting.
Welcome to Helix Juniors parkrun in the UK. Junior parkruns are only available in the UK only at this time and most often take place on a Sunday morning. We welcome everyone from the age of 4 to 14. You can walk, jog or run these events and parents and guardians are welcome to chaperone their charges.
We wish you all a very happy Easter weekend.
This weekend we welcome three new events in 2 countries to the parkrun family.
We've a new parkrun in in Poland, so a big welcome to Warszawa-Żoliborz parkrun, and we also welcome Chippenham parkrun in the United Kingdom.
Our rapidly growing Junior parkrun series on Sunday has Barking and Dagenham Junior parkrun joining the family. You can find out more about the other Junior events at parkrun.org.uk/events/juniorevents. You can keep updated on Junior parkrun developments on twitter @juniorparkrunUK, and facebook at juniorparkrunUK.
Some stats now: Last Saturday, 62,382 runners took part over 387 events, made possible by a fantastic 4,733 volunteers. On Sunday 764 junior runners took part, made possibly by 135 volunteers. Fancy getting involved? Just get in touch with your local event team (email addresses on their website and in your results emails), or sign up to receive volunteer updates on your profile page!
Miłego weekendu! (Have a good weekend!)
A year ago, on the eve of the London Marathon, I mentioned to VLM Race Director Hugh Brasher that the number or participants at parkrun was about the same as the number who would take part in the marathon the next day. We had just recorded 32,876 participants.
A year later and our weekly attendance is now double last years number with about 65,000 participants each week. Where will we be in a years time?
Thanks to the London Marathon for their support of parkrun UK. Their generosity knows no bounds.
Thanks to the volunteers who relentlessly make this happen every week.
parkrun - the most amazing 365 day a year community - always one word and lowercase.
Good luck to everyone taking part in a marathon or any significant challenge at this time. We hope that parkrun has assisted you along the way.
Another weekend, another six new parkruns to experience.
Welcome to Basildon parkrun, Beeston parkrun, Parke parkrun, Keswick parkrun all in the UK, Konstancin-Jezioma parkrun in Poland and lastly George parkrun in South Africa.
This brings our total number of parkruns on Saturday to 388. 66 in Australia, 7 in Denmark, 10 in Ireland, 6 in New Zealand, 12 in Poland, 2 in Russia, 28 in South Africa, 3 in the USA and 254 in the United Kingdom. We also have 10 Junior parkruns in the UK.
Last weekend we had another record number or runners attend our events with 66,351 folks donning their running shows. Thanks to the 4,500 volunteers who made this possible.
Good luck to anyone running any event in the next few weeks.
This weekend sees the start of seven new parkrun events spanning 5 countries.
So, following the sun, we would like to welcome Manjimup parkrun in Australia, Cieszyn parkrun in Poland, Ormskirk parkrun in the UK, Bangor parkrun in Northern Ireland and Upington parkrun in South Africa to the weekly, free, 5k parkruns on Saturday. We are also delighted to welcome Harrow Lodge Juniors and Newport Juniors to the weekly, free 2k events that take place on Sunday.
Good luck to all the teams and welcome to all the parkrun first timers.