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Parkwalk at Parkrun this October

Celebrating 18 years of Parkrun with the Parkwalk at Parkrun campaign

It has been 18 years since the first Parkrun started back in October 2004 when it was called Bushy Park Time Trial, the event had 13 entrants and was run by founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt and volunteers Duncan Gaskell, Simon Hedger and Robin Drummond. Over the next 17 years it has expanded to over 20 countries and has more than three million parkrunners. Sinton- Hewitt has always wanted Parkrun to be an inclusive space open to everyone to either walk, run, jog or volunteer.

To celebrate 18 years, Parkrun will be running Parkwalk for the whole of October as more than 13,000 people walk every single week at the Parkrun.

Walking is the entry point into Parkrun as you can walk at your own pace with family, friends, a dog, a buggy or by yourself. It is great for socialising, being active and improving your mental and physical health. The aim of the Parkwalk at Parkrun campaign is to encourage more people to experience the joy and incredible benefits of walking at parkrun always and not just in October.

Parkrun wants to encourage as many people to take part and have dedicated volunteers who are there to support, every Parkrun has at least one volunteer tail walker. Over the year Parkrun has had more than 175,000 different tail walkers and want more to join as volunteers or people to just walk for fun with friends, family or colleagues.

Whether you are an individual or an organisation who wants to get involved, Parkrun is an open space filled with support and encouragement for all.

To find more information about Parkrun click here