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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Rosie Swale Pope MBE
Our special guest this week is British adventurer, author and grandmother Rosie Swale Pope. Despite running round the world, sailing solo across the atlantic and numerous other bonkers challenges, she tells us about her love of parkrun.
We also hear from a listener who is taking in 7 parkruns as he aims to complete his first ever marathon.
The hardest working parkrun person on the planet
As more parkrun events return around the world, we check in with Renee Gimbert - parkrun territory manager, Asia Pacific. She tells us about the challenges they face as more and more events re-open.
And Vassos gets some advice to pass onto his son Matthew.
parkrun’s return on the Isle of Man
This week, we check in with Eileen Clarke, one of the volunteers at Nobles parkrun, which restarted this week on the Isle of Man. She tells how the rain didn’t dampen the spirits as 132 parkrunners turned up.
We also hear from Tim Jones who set himself a remarkable running challenge that made use of the clock’s changing!
Mini Mermaid Running Club
Hannah Corne, Executive Director of Mini Mermaid Running Club UK, joins us this week to tell us about the programme she has set up which uses physical activity and mindfulness to strengthen young girls' self-confidence, self-esteem and self-compassion. We also receive the most romantic email we have ever had.
parkrun’s most famous volunteers
BBC Sport commentator Andrew Cotter joins us this week to talk about his dogs Olive and Mabel, who rose to fame during lockdown when he would commentate on them performing regular dog acts.
We also catch up with Josephine from the “Ugandan Crew” from Burgess Park in South London.
A walk with PSH
Our special guest this week is Sandy Gilmour, who answered parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt’s offer of a (not)parkrun round Bushy Park. She tells us how it came about and why there was more talking than running! We also hear from parkrun’s newest recruit Callum who shares his tips on how to impress during a job interview.
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Great parkrun podcast
Great to have Helen Williams join this show as cohost, bringing her enthusiasm, humour and experience to the show. It would be nice to hear more from Louise beyond roving reporting as she was a fountain of tourist knowledge in the first year.
would be great if it was about parkrun
Any time i’ve listened, about 50% of the show has been about things other than parkrun. Presented by someone who doesn’t seem to parkrun all that often.
The other presenter seems to be more interested in putting words in the interviewees mouth.
Could be great if a few remedial issues were addressed.