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International Women’s Day 2022 – parkrun

For International Women’s Day 2022, This Girl Can and parkrun have once again joined forces to encourage thousands more women and girls around the country to take part in a parkrun event on Saturday 5 March.

Hundreds of thousands of people each week take part in parkrun as walkers, joggers, runners, and volunteers, or just head down to their local park to watch and soak up the feel-good atmosphere.

On Saturday 5 March, parkrun and This Girl Can are encouraging all women and girls to come and join their local parkrun. parkruns are safe, inclusive and free from judgement. Those already parkrunning are encouraged to bring a female friend, colleague or family member along, and everyone is invited to join the celebration online at #IWDparkrun and #ThisGirlCan.

parkruns are free, fun, sociable 5k community events taking place every weekend in public parks and open spaces across the globe. They are accessible to all, regardless of age, ability or background. There are more than 1000 parkruns every weekend in the UK and, on Saturday 5 March, parkrun and This Girl Can are encouraging as many women and girls as possible to come along to parkrun.

There are so many ways to join in at your local parkrun. It could be to walk, jog or run some or all of the course, undertake one of the many volunteer roles, join people in a local cafe for a coffee and a chat afterwards, or just come along to spectate. Many parkruns allow buggies and dogs, so it really is something that the whole family can get involved with. Children can take part from the age of four, under 11s just need to be within arm’s reach of their responsible adult.

There are several parkruns you can take part in in Lincolnshire. Take a look here. You just need to register before you attend. If you’re interested in volunteering just get in touch with your local parkrun to discuss.

For anyone heading to parkrun for the first time, or those who might need a bit of reassurance, a friendly volunteer will be on hand to welcome newcomers, provide information about the event and answer any questions, or you can contact your local event team ahead of time.

Even if you come to parkrun alone, the chances are you will leave with a whole new group of friends, and a buzz that lasts for a long time after. 

photo: Lincoln parkrun