If you were to ask us to name our most inspirational people, parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt would be right at the top of the list. So imagine our delight when our founder Rebecca McGoff introduced Buump Active to him… and he loved it! 

parkrun is a bona fide modern-day fitness phenomenon. Coming up to its 15th anniversary, it’s come a long way since 13 runners and 5 volunteers ran the first 5k timed event in London’s Bushy Park. 

At the time of writing, more than 53 million runs have been completed covering an incredible total distance of more than 258 million km.

Buump Active founder Rebecca McGoff meets Paul Sinton-Hewitt, founder of parkrun

But one thing hasn’t changed in all that time, and that’s the parkrun ethos – and that ethos is the reason we love parkrun so much here at Buump HQ. 

It’s everything that we want Buump Active to be – friendly and inclusive, with mums of all abilities supporting each other to do something good for themselves. 

“I’m all for anything that helps as many people as possible to embrace the community support and all-round wellbeing that exercise and movement can bring,” Paul told us. “For some people, it can genuinely be a lifeline.”

“Many parkrun participants say that the running isn’t their main motivation. We have lots of mums who join us for the social aspect – from new mums running with their children in buggies to get out, get fit and make new friends, to parents of older children who run together as part of their weekend family time.”

“And the beauty is that’s just what parkrun is – a family. Running is just the smallest part of what we do.”

“parkrun is where people who never thought they could run come to run. The average 5k time at parkrun is now about 7 minutes slower than it was at the beginning, and I’m pleased about that! It just shows that we’ve built an inclusive and welcoming community – much like the one you’re beginning at Buump Active. I’m delighted to get behind Rebecca and the Buump team and can’t wait to see all Buump Active does.”

We asked Paul to share his top tips on getting ready for a 5k parkrun with our Buump Active mums.

“Other than just come along and do it, you mean? We have a parkrun proverb, which is “The best time to join parkrun was 15 years ago. The second best time is this weekend.” 

“If you want to make sure you’re in shape, then the NHS’s Couch to 5k plan is a fantastic way to get your basic fitness levels up before you come along. But really, at parkrun there’s no pressure. You don’t have to run, plenty walk the courses.”

“One of my favourite stories on the parkrun blog at the minute is from a lovely lady called Rebecca Morris. She did her first parkrun in her forties and completed her 50th in July, which is such a fantastic achievement. Those are the tales we love to hear – and we’d love to hear lots more from Buump Active Mums!”

We would too!

We hope you’re feeling inspired to do a parkrun this weekend – remember, it’s totally free and all you have to do is register on the parkrun site, where you’ll also find details of your nearest runs.

Please do share your parkrun stories with us by tagging us on Facebook or Insta, and make sure to download our (free!) Buump Active App, which is out on iOS and Android now!