7 Oct

parkrun Celebrates 9th Birthday

Bushy parkrun

parkrun celebrated its 9th birthday this weekend, with organisers across the world asking participants to send in pictures and video clips from their local event this weekend.

Known as 'international parkrun day', the parkrun community came together to share their experiences at Saturday's event through social media, with the hashtag #loveparkrun going viral.

Founded by Paul Simon-Hewitt, parkrun staged its first event in Bushy (then known as Bushy Park Time Trial) on October 2004. Now, parkrun boasts more than 300 events across eight countries around the world and has in excess of 630,000 runners registered.

Even with a busy weekend of Scottish racing, parkruns across the country posted high turnouts with runners looking to join in the celebrations. In Edinburgh, almost 400 runners headed to Cramond promenade for their local event, with Oliver Park taking first place in a time of 16:44. This coming Saturday will also see a new addition to the family, with Victoria Park becoming the country's 11 separate parkrun event.

The favourite video clips will be used to make the first global parkrun promotional film. To have a look at some of the best images and videos from Saturday's events, type in #loveparkrun to twitter.

For more information, visit the parkrun news section.