parkrun

My Sporting Story: Time for a Change - Liz Tideswell

I moved to Stoke on Trent in 2009 (I married a local) and found that life in my new home was enjoyable but not really conducive to my health and wellbeing. I was much more sedentary than I'd been whilst living in London, doing very little exercise and gaining weight. I couldn't even run for a bus and the 10 minute walk from my house to the shops became an ever growing challenge. By November 2010 I knew it was time for a change... Working on the mantra of eat less, exercise more, I changed my diet, switched to a smaller dinner plate and started using the exercise bike that had been gathering dust in my garage.

Sporting Story: Parkrunning - Peter Hooper

The third Saturday in January saw me do my very first parkrun.  parkrun (no capitalisation apparently) is a brilliant concept: simple, inclusive and global in its reach.  Its simplicity is its great strength – you register online on the parkrun site to get a unique barcode, turn up at 9.00 am on a Saturday at a location which has a parkrun (nearly 800 worldwide – Hanley is currently the only one in Stoke-on-Trent) and run a timed 5k.