Free Weekly Timed explores everything parkrun and is presented by Vassos Alexander and Helen Williams. The pair share experiences, chat to guests and interact with fellow parkrun runners as they debate the big talking points of the week.
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“It’s like it’s never been away”
After parkrun resumed in England, Helen gives us a first hand account of her day at Harrogate parkrun, and speaks to some of the volunteers, runners, walkers and joggers. Patrick tells us why he’s parkrun rusty and out of pocket after the weekend, and there the return of the FWT stats quiz.
parkrun’s back in England!
In celebration of parkrun’s return in England this week, Vassos and Helen have decided to add a musical element to the pod, playing out a selection of songs to get everyone in the mood. And COO Tom Williams pops in for a chat to discuss the resumption in England.
A parkrun love story
With just over a week until parkrun’s resumption in England, we hear from a couple of Bangor parkrunners who have been using the Virtual Volunteer app for the first time after parkrun returned there last month. We also got a lovely email from a couple with the subject - “a parkrun love story”.
A familiar journey
This week’s special guest is Mike, who shares his parkrun journey - and it’s a journey that we can all identify with. Vassos is left a little bewildered with Mary’s reaction after he broke the news that Whitstable junior parkrun had been cancelled, and we read out more of your emails.
The big return in NI
With parkrun events returning in Northern Ireland, we speak to country manager Matt Shields. He tells us what it was like having parkrun back and how special the day was. We also hear from the inspirational parkrunner Charlotte Proud, who suffers from a debilitating condition that makes exercise very dangerous.
A Mile in Her Shoes
This week’s special guest is Nicola Miller, founder of the charity A Mile in Her Shoes, which encourages women who are at risk of homelessness or affected by related issues to try running as a way of exercising, socialising, lifting confidence and boosting self-esteem.