Research focus

Parkrun promotes physical activity and community spirit

Three studies explore the benefits of Parkrun, a free 5km running event held weekly in parks around the UK that promotes physical activity and community spirit

Three studies explore the benefits of Parkrun, a free 5km running event held weekly in parks around the UK that promotes physical activity and community spirit

Learning points

  • Parkrun events, run by volunteers, can benefit people with mental health problems
  • Social capital is key in initiating and maintaining physical activity
  • Parkrun offers an opportunity for physical and social activity
Not just a run in the park: a qualitative exploration of Parkrun and mental health

Parkrun has the potential to support people outside traditional mental health services, says a study exploring the experiences of adults with mental health problems who participate as volunteers or runners.

UK participants were recruited through the Parkrun e-newsletter. Eligibility criteria included experience of mental health problems and attendance at ten or more Parkrun events.

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