parkrun is a global running phenomenon with over 900 free timed runs per week across 14 countries and over a million runners registered worldwide.
Over 100,000 people run or volunteer every Saturday in the UK making it one of the world’s most successful running events ever. The aim of parkrun is to make it as easy as possible for people to be physically active and help them to live better for longer. The partnership with the AWRC will enable academics to look at how the free events are impacting on health outcomes and conduct research into the nation's physical activity levels.
The Olympic Legacy Park, on which the AWRC is sited, will be landscaped to include a 1 km running loop that will allow for a junior parkrun to be established.
The parkrun Research Board was established in 2016 by parkrun in collaboration with the AWRC. It is a multi-disciplinary group of between 10 and 15 members who bring relevant and diverse research interests, expertise and experience. The board includes academics, researchers, practitioners and parkrun executives. For more information on the parkrun Research Board please visit www.awrcparkrunresearch.wordpress.com.
This partnership will provide an exciting opportunity for us to support research into exercise, wellbeing and social cohesion, which fits with our vision of creating a healthier and happier planet. As the world's largest community of runners and volunteers we have a unique ability to support researchers in understanding how behaviour impacts health and wellbeing.
Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer, parkrun