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Monday Morning Motivation: Rosy Ryan

Rosy Ryan talking to two friends.

This week’s inspiration is courtesy of Rosy Ryan, a parkrunner with pancreatic cancer. Rosy’s story was featured on Jessica’s parkrun Heroes. Belfast based, Irish-American Rosy, is a barrister who’s full of infectious enthusiasm for parkrun and for life. She oozes positivity and a ‘can-do’ spirit. Yet behind Rosy’s smiley demeanour Read more…


Return to Heartlands parkrun

Tamsyn running at Heartlands parkrun. South Crofty mine can be seen in the background.

Originally, I had intended to visit Yeovil Montacute parkrun (or another event between Hampshire and Cornwall, such as Blandford or Henstridge Airfield) this weekend. However, some unfortunate planning means I have to be in London on Friday. I was intending to spend the week in Cornwall on holiday with my Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Buggsie Heath-Brown

Buggsie running.

Today’s inspiration is Buggsie Heath-Brown, a parkrunner with breast cancer. An episode of Jessica’s parkrun Heroes focuses on Buggsie’s story. Buggsie Heath-Brown is a larger-than-life character who loves her local Gladstone park. If she’s not appearing in disguise then she’s encouraging new parkrunners. But she is also hiding a secret Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Rajpaul Pannu

A man (Rajpaul Pannu) racing in a running singlet and shorts.

Today’s motivation comes courtesy of Rajpaul Pannu. At 15, he weighed nearly 200lbs (over 14 stone or 90kg). He ate unhealthily. His father passed away from a heart attack at 40, so he knew he needed to change his life. Pannu took up running and after a 2:17 debut marathon Read more…


parkrun Tourism: Salisbury parkrun

Tamsyn running in a green parkrun t-shirt in focus in the foreground, with other parkrunners behind her.

Today was an arbitrary milestone for me as it was my 300th parkrun. Southampton parkrun was cancelled, so Stu and I agreed to do some parkrun tourism to Salisbury parkrun with our friends Rachel and Phil and their children. We’d chosen Salisbury parkrun for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: John Butcher

John Butcher standing with four friends.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is another episode of Jess’s parkrun Heroes. The star of the episode is John Butcher. John is a veteran runner setting records into his late eighties. Together with friends Colin and Snowy this ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ running crew tour in search of new Read more…


parkrun Tourism at Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun

Runners passing the lake at Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun.

Continuing with our parkrun tourism this year, Stuart and I decided to go to Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun. This was my NENDY (nearest event not done yet). If you’re not sure where the nearest event is that you haven’t already run, visit the parkrun Tourist Tool. What’s the course like? I Read more…


Kingsbury Water parkrun

Tamsyn holding a Kingsbury Water parkrun selfie frame.

This year as part of the parkrun Conference, delegates were driven to Kingsbury Water parkrun. I was really excited to see what it would be like as it’s not an event that I’ve tried before. Trail-testing CONTRA When we arrived at Kingsbury Water, there was a stand with CONTRA clothing Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Jo Eccles

Close up of Jo Eccles.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is a moving episode of Jessica’s parkrun Heroes. The central protagonist is Jo Eccles. Jo is someone who has gained confidence and friendship through parkrun. Jo Eccles worked as a doctor’s receptionist at the Sloan practice in Sheffield. When Dr Ollie Hart and his colleagues Read more…


parkrun Tourism at Southsea parkrun

View of the beach at Southsea with 'parkrun Tourism: Southsea parkrun' written on it.

At the start of the year, I was struggling to get back on form with my running, so I decided to do more parkrun tourism. This relieved the pressure that I put on myself when I run at Southampton every week. To keep me on track, I wrote a planner Read more…