Wanna stay fit and meet others in your community at the same time for absolutely no price at all? Enjoy your Saturday mornings in the fresh air and early light of your local park – starting your day feeling productive – by coming to parkrun!


Last year, I discovered parkrun in my local area, and I definitely don’t regret it! I thoroughly love parkrun – there’s a wonderful sense of community, with a collective sense of determination, and everyone is extraordinarily encouraging. The first time I ran, jogged, and walked 5km for parkrun, I felt a strong sense of pride for myself, and made friends along the way – completing a challenge with others is a great way to meet new people. Parkrun takes place at more than 2,000 locations in 22 countries across 6 continents: there’s a high chance that there’ll be a parkrun in your local area too!


The people I asked about parkrun said that they felt a sense of pride and achievement after noticing their progress over time – the more they parkrun, the faster they get! They said that parkrun was great for their fitness. Kim, a 56 year old man that I met from parkrun, said, “I’ve been coming here every Saturday by bike and I just think it’s a nice way to spend my morning.” Don’t miss out – it has so many benefits to your physical, mental and social health!


The best part: it’s completely free! The process is simple: just register once, print out the barcode, then take it to any of the many places that parkrun takes place at. Generally, it takes place at around 9am, but all that matters is that you turn up and enjoy yourself! There’s no time limit – nobody finishes last, and everyone is very supportive. There is even a junior parkrun every Sunday morning (2km rather than 5) for 4-14 year olds and their families, so everyone is welcome to join in on the fun! After all, parkrun’s motto is “A healthier, happier planet” – they’re all about being inclusive and making everyone feel welcome and part of their community. 


Whether you choose to run, jog, walk, volunteer or spectate, parkrun is, of course, a great way to spend your Saturday (or Sunday) mornings!