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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…


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: 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…


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…


Fit and healthy break in Bournemouth

Beach huts with "Fit and healthy break in Bournemouth" superimposed.

I’ve now booked tickets for my big holiday of the year (to Australia for my brother’s wedding), but that’s a long way off, so I’m trying to plan lots of mini breaks and excursions. My first weekend adventure was with my friend Inez. We went to Bournemouth which has a Read more…


My parkrun A-Z: Guildford parkrun

Map of Guildford parkrun with 'My parkrun A-Z: Guildford parkrun' superimposed on it.

After doing our last three parkruns at Moors Valley, Killerton and the Eden Project, we were looking forward to seeing friends at our home parkrun today, however, we ended up doing Guildford parkrun. Why did we go to Guildford parkrun? We’re busy planning ahead for a trip to Australia in Read more…


parkrunning in Cornwall at Eden Project parkrun

Biomes at the Eden Project with 'parkrunning in Cornwall: Eden Project parkrun' superimposed on it.

I was at home in Cornwall for Easter weekend, so there was another opportunity for parkrun tourism. I’d love to be able to complete all of the parkruns in Cornwall, but Mount Edgcumbe and Tamar Lakes are quite a long way from my family home in West Cornwall. I decided Read more…


Friday Five: 5 podcasts that I listen to

5 podcasts that I listen to

Some people like listening to music whilst they’re running, but I tend to run with friends, so it would be antisocial to have headphones on. However, on Fridays, I have the day off, so I listen to podcasts whilst I catch up on housework and prepare food. These 5 podcasts Read more…


Mountbatten School parkrun

parkrun Tourism: Mountbatten School parkrun superimposed over an image of the school field.

I’m still struggling to find the time to run, so I’m trying to enjoy any runs that I get to do as much as possible. Last week was the first parkrun at Mountbatten School (Romsey, Hampshire). I knew it was starting, but I’m also well aware that parkrun HQ request Read more…