This morning (Saturday, March 3) thousands of people across the UK will enjoy the benefits of parkrun - the free 5k timed runs that are organised largely by the participants themselves. Now the national coordinators of the ground-breaking project have announced a major academic study looking into the benefits of the parkrun events. SparkLE (Study of Parkrun on Lifestyle and Exercise), is research being independently conducted by a team from Loughborough University and Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust with parkrun's assistance.
With the numerous positive comments parkrun organisers receive on a regular basis, it was suggested that the 5k events might represent a low-cost way of helping to improve public health. The study is open to a wide range of participants, from those who have registered but never run, occasional participants, as well as those who take part every week.
As a further incentive for completing the questionnaire, all participants will be offered the chance to enter a prize draw. You can listen to the latest on SparkLE on the parkrun show podcast on Monday, March 5. There is also more information contained on the parkrun website.
QUESTIONAIRE TIP - Have your parkrun barcode number handy before you start to answer the questions.