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A large group of people beginning a parkrun

What is parkrun?

parkrun is a community event that offers free, weekly, timed runs that are open to all ages and all abilities. These runs take place on every weekend – come rain or shine, summer or winter. parkrun offers 5KM runs for everyone on Saturdays and 2 KM runs for juniors on Sundays.

It is completely free

parkrun isn’t about making money: it’s about getting people out on their feet, taking in the fresh air and meeting other people. Right from the start it’s been a community project where runners can always run for free.

A large group of people starting a parkrun

Where and when?

parkrun is now a worldwide club, available in 9 countries:

  • UK
  • Ireland
  • Denmark
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • Poland
  • USA
  • Russia

There are now over one million runners signed up and it’s fast gaining popularity. Some people do the events on holiday to meet the locals, explore the area and to work off their indulgences!

You don’t have to be a runner

parkrun is open to everyone and offers the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors in a safe surroundings with loads of people around. So if you’re coming back from an injury, you want to get outside for a walk with a friend, or if you just don’t like running, then you can still sign up and join in!

A runner during a parkrun

It’s only as competitive as you make it

parkrun isn’t a race, it’s a run. In fact, some people even choose to walk around the course, so there’s no pressure to go all-out if you don’t want to. They’re timed so if you want to then you can race yourself, or your friends. It’s entirely up to you.

Regardless of your goal, parkrun encourages you to celebrate your participation. Once you’ve done 50 events, you join the 50 Club and there’s another club when you’ve completed 100 events.

A man jogging while pushing a child in a pushchair during a parkrun

How to sign up

Visit the parkrun website and head to the relevant country page. Registering is then as simple as selecting your local event, putting in your email address and following the instructions that they send to you.

Do the run, get the official kit

parkrun is now offering exclusive parkrun branded clothing and goods through our partnership with Wiggle. Profits from the sale of these items will be used to sustain and grow parkrun. parkrun is a not-for-profit organization meaning that all reserves are used to further the organisation's goals.

Two parkrun branded t-shirts and a hoodie“It’s free, local, timed and happens every week! It’s a perfect way to meet other runners in the area!” Laura, 31, half marathon runner.

“I never thought that I could do it, but the support of the runners and marshals is amazing, beating your time week after week is such a buzz!” Lindsey, 34, new runner.

Great news - you don’t have to wait until you’ve hit 50 events to get a tee shirt! You can proudly show off that you’re part of the parkrun club in their range of running gear. It includes tops, shorts, trousers and accessories and it’s available exclusively at Wiggle.