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The calm after the storm… no parkrun tourism this week!

A row of Autumn leaves in colour order from green, through yellow to deep red.

After last week’s wet and windy run, I was so grateful that it was dry yesterday morning. However, it definitely wasn’t warm. I’d seen that it was predicted to be about 6C. I’ve been struggling with a heavy cold for over a week and haven’t been exercising much, so I Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: John MacPhee

John MacPhee chatting with another man.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is an episode of Jessica’s parkrun Heroes. It features John MacPhee, a parkrunner with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a condition where the brain becomes progressively damaged. It has a number of symptoms including stiff muscles, slow movement and tremors. John MacPhee lives in an Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: George Webster

George Webster taking a selfie with a group of his parkrunning friends.

The star of this week’s Monday Morning Motivation is George Webster. George is a parkrunner (and volunteer) at Woodhouse Moor parkrun. He also has Down Syndrome. George presents a George Webster film: young, Leeds parkrunner STAR George Webster turns reporter in this touching and fun film. Don’t miss his hilarious Read more…


parkrun Tourism Down Under: Cowra parkrun

Stuart and Tamsyn in the Cowra parkrun selfie frame.

On the morning of my brother’s wedding, Stuart and I decided to go to Cowra parkrun. I’d tried out Bathurst parkrun the previous week and we did Orange parkrun a couple of years back. As parkrun starts at 8am in New South Wales and it’s about an hour’s drive to Read more…


parkrun Tourism: Bathurst parkrun

Tamsyn with a selfie frame at Bathurst parkrun.

The last time I was in Australia, I took part in three parkruns: North Wollongong twice and Orange parkrun. I could have attended the same parkruns this time, but I wanted to take the opportunity to do some parkrun tourism. (Also, it would be depressing to see just how much Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Gareth Yeoman

Close up of Gareth Yeoman wearing a red parkrun 50 t-shirt.

Jessica’s parkrun Heroes included the story of Gareth Yeoman. It was an episode that resonated with me as Gareth has battled with his weight for many years. parkrun and other forms of exercise have transformed his life. Welshman Gareth had struggled with his weight since his teens. He’d heard the Read more…


St Ives Bay 10k and the Dune of Doom

Sunset over St Ives bay with text superimposed on the mage saying 'St Ives Bay 10k and the Dune of Doom'.

I’ve wanted to do the St Ives Bay 10k for a long time. It takes place pretty much on my mum’s doorstep, with the start being on the beach. I knew I would be in Cornwall when it’s on this year, so I entered. The race is organised by Hayle Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Kirsty Morley

Kirsty Morley wearing a parkrun apricot t-shirt to represent her home run (Warrington).

Kirsty Morley, one of Jessica’s parkrun Heroes, provides this week’s Monday Morning Motivation. This is the powerful story of a Warrington single mum, who learned to run – from ‘lamp post-to-lamp post’ – to support her little boy Teddy at junior parkrun. It’s also the empowering story of her struggle Read more…


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…