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About the book
parkrun – a stunningly simple concept. Every Saturday morning, tens of thousands of people, all ages and sizes, gather at their local park to run, jog or walk five kilometers.
parkrun is about taking part, no matter how fast you go or how long it takes you to finish. parkrun is open to all, from Olympians to octogenarians. And parkrun is always free, just turn up where you want, when you want.
parkrun is also spectacularly successful. From humble beginnings – thirteen runners at Bushy Park in 2004 – it has evolved into a global phenomenon. parkrun now has more than 450 locations across ten different countries and over one million registered runners. And it continues to grow.
Join Debra Bourne, Event Director at Lloyd parkrun, as she charts the rise of parkrun and finds out how and why this simple idea became the biggest and friendliest running community the world has ever seen. But don’t forget your barcode!
About the author
Debra Bourne grew up surrounded by animals and books. She has spent most of her career working to provide people with information on wild animals and how to care for them. Having enjoyed running the mile and 1500 meters at school, she only discovered the joys of long-distance running in her late thirties.
Debra ran her first half-marathon in 2009 and her first ultramarathon in January 2012. Meanwhile, she found parkrun, got injured, discovered the joys of volunteering and became Event Director of Lloyd parkrun in Croydon, which has changed her life. This is her first foray into nonscientific writing.
“The addiction began back in 2005 for me. Everyone I’ve introduced to parkrun has embraced it 100% and keeps coming back for more!” - Sonia O’Sullivan, 5000 meter World and European Champion
“parkrun is the single most important thing for running since the first London Marathon.” - Hugh Brasher, London Marathon Race Director
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