parkrun has further underlined its intentions of improving the nation’s levels of participation and engagement in the sport by announcing a new partnership with Sheffield Hallam University's Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC).
The latest development will see parkrun team up with sports scientists, engineers, psychologists and public health experts from Sheffield Hallam University to develop ways to improve the health and wellbeing of the UK population.
Launched recently at Sheffield Hallam parkrun, the partnership will enable academics at the AWRC to look at how free running events impact on health outcomes and conduct research into the nation's physical activity levels.
Chief Operating Officer for parkrun Tom Williams commented on the news: "This partnership will provide an exciting opportunity for us to support research into exercise, wellbeing and social cohesion, which fits with our vision of creating a healthier and happier planet.
Tom continued: "As the world's largest community of runners and volunteers we have a unique ability to support researchers in understanding how behaviour impacts health and wellbeing."
For AWRC, the development means they are set to become the most advanced research and development centre for physical activity in the world. Their aim is to create 'innovations that help people move' in sport, health-care, physical activity and leisure.