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…


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…


Monday Morning Motivation: Briar Nolet

Composite image showing Briar Nolet in 4 different poses showcasing her flexibility.

Dance was my first passion. From the age of 5 until I was 20, I took regular dance classes. by my first year at university, I was dancing six days a week. It was my favourite form of escapism, even though I never had any natural talent in that area. 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: Xolani Luvuno and Hein Venter

Xolani Luvuno and Hein Venter running together.

Can you imagine having a leg amputated after having bone cancer? Such a life-changing situation would affect each of us in a different way. For Xolani Luvuno, it was a step on the path to homelessness and drug addiction. However, a chance encounter with Hein Venter changed his life. Venter Read more…


Disappointment

Wooden walkway into a misty forest of pine trees at Cape Disappointment, USA.

My big event this year was to be Castle to Coast triathlon. RideLondon last weekend was my final big training event, so I was cautious and saved my energy. Sadly, the weather conditions meant that the event was cancelled. What a disappointment. I feel disappointed that I wasn’t able to 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…