Celebrating International Women's Day with ParkRun

Posted 10.03.2020

There’s always a fantastic atmosphere at ParkRun, but it was made extra special on Saturday (7th March) with the support of This Girl Can in an early celebration of International Women’s Day.

Although 1.8 million women are registered with parkrun, 650,000 of them are yet to take part. This means that although women make up 52 per cent of all registrations, they account for only 44 per cent of completed parkruns. Making days like Saturday extra special!

This Girl Can volunteer teams were out in full force with female supporters stationed at various parkruns nationwide to act as cheerleaders, there was a brief for all newcomers, selfie frames and a suggested purple dress code.

“This Girl Can is all about breaking down barriers and helping women feel like they can be active, no matter their ability, size or lifestyle,” said Kate Dale, the This Girl Can campaign lead.

“The aim of our partnership with parkrun is to celebrate women in all their imperfect glory.

“This International Women’s Day we’re calling on the women who haven’t quite made it out there yet to join this huge female movement and take part in their local parkrun – whether they walk, run, skip or just do half of it.”

Promoter Emma went to the Newbury parkrun, and joined in with all the celebrations!

More information on the Park Run and This Girl Can collaboration here: https://www.sportengland.org/news/this-girl-can-teams-parkrun-celebrate-international-womens-day

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