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The Ultimate Guide to Parkrun

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This title will be released on 26/09/2024. Pre-order now.

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The Ultimate Guide to Parkrun Synopsis

Perfect for any parkrunner, or wannabe parkrunner, this concise and joyful book reveals how a Saturday 5km run in the park has become a worldwide phenomenon.

The Ultimate Guide to parkrun (always with a lower case p!) covers how parkrun started, how it is staged every week, how to get involved as a runner, walker, or volunteer - and even how to start your own run.

Written by a running writer and qualified athletics coach, this celebratory book goes behind the scenes to tell the heartwarming human stories behind parkrun. But it also brims with practical information, with training plans for different types of runners so that you can (if you wish to) improve your own finishing time.

Published to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the founding of the mass participation event in Autumn 2024, the book delves into parkrun's origins as the brainchild of Paul Sinton-Hewitt, an unemployed man in London. Just 13 runners competed in the first Bushy Park Time Trial on 2 October 2004.

Now parkrun has more than 9 million runners at more than 2,200 parks in 23 countries, with the most popular countries being the UK, Australia, and South Africa.

The book features all aspects of parkrun, including how public-spirited volunteers put on the event, sustainably and for free, every week, and fun boxes such as the most interesting courses around the world, from Poland to the Falkland Islands.

About the author

Lucy Waterlow is a journalist, ghostwriter and author who has contributed to national newspapers and specialist publications such as Runner's World and Women's Running.

She is a keen amateur runner, and a qualified England Athletics coach in running fitness. She is the co-author of Nell McAndrew's Guide To Running and Run Mummy Run: Inspiring Women to be Fit, Healthy and Happy.


About This Edition

ISBN: 9781914487361
Publication date: 26th September 2024
Author: Lucy Waterlow
Publisher: Canbury Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: Sociology: sport and leisure
Autobiography: sport
Personal and public health / health education
Sporting events and management
Running and jogging
Popular medicine and health
Social groups and identities