A healthier, happier planet

parkrun started back in 2004 when 13 runners got together on a blustery day in Bushy Park, Teddington, UK. We’re now an international family of over 3 million parkrunners (and counting).

About parkrun

parkrun is such a simple concept: turn up every Saturday and walk, jog or run 5k, or if you’re a junior then 2k every Sunday. You can also volunteer in numerous different roles too! It doesn’t matter how fast you go. It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing. What matters is taking part.

There are now parkrun events each Saturday and Sunday in 20 countries all around the world. All events are organised by a group of wonderful, dedicated, local volunteers – our hi-vis heroes!

parkrun is all about inclusiveness and wellbeing. We want as many people as possible to feel part of a real local community brought together by our events, as well as our global parkrun family.

The format of parkrun is simple: register once, print your barcode, then turn up and take part wherever you want, whenever you want.

Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE

Paul founded parkrun in 2004. He was there at the very first event in Bushy Park, Teddington, in west London.

Paul’s firm belief reflects parkrun’s mission; to create a healthier, happier planet.

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