In an exciting, innovative, award-winning initiative, the RCGP is collaborating with parkrun UK to promote the health and wellbeing of staff and patients. Under this initiative GP Practices across the UK are encouraged to develop close links with their local parkrun to become parkrun practices.
Over 1,700 GP surgeries are now parkrun practices. Join today and improve the health and wellbeing of your staff and patients through increased physical activity, skill development, friendships and socialising, mutual support and personal empowerment.
The parkrun practice initiative is a voluntary collaboration between a GP practice and a local parkrun event or events.
A parkrun practice is one that makes a commitment to promoting parkrun (see the suggested ideas for how you can do this in the Toolkit).
Before registering to be a parkrun practice, we ask that you reach out to your local parkrun event team, via the contact details on the event website, or go along to your local parkrun event to introduce yourself and let them know your practice
is interested in registering to be a parkrun practice.
Once you have spoken to the team and have their agreement, you can now register your practice here. It only takes a couple of minutes, and any member of practice staff can register. It is useful if one staff member acts as the principal contact
for the initiative.
Welcome to the parkrun practice family!
You can find a range of resources below to help you have a conversation with your staff, patients, and community, get everyone involved and join in the parkrun fun! Being a parkrun practice really doesn't take up much time, and there are huge
benefits to getting involved!
GP staff and patients up and down the country have spoken about the positive benefits of being a parkrun practice and participating in parkrun. This has been substantiated by research, with academic papers being published in the British Journal of General Practitioners (BJGP) and in Health and Social Care in the Community. The following testimonials provide a flavour of how the parkrun practice initiative is being implemented and is impacting the health and wellbeing of staff and patients in a multitude of ways.
"We are a parkrun practice and we think it's a great thing! The name (parkrun) is a little misleading as you don't have to run, you can walk too. There is a volunteer role called a parkwalker to encourage more walkers to attend parkrun. I would urge you
to go along and watch one in your local park so you can see what it's all about. As well as getting people to be more active, there is a lot to be said for volunteering and feeling part of a community. We recently did a volunteer takeover where we
got lots of our staff and our PPG involved in volunteering. One of our PPG members has volunteered nearly every week at parkrun since!"
Fran Practice Manager at Harbourside Family Practice