Free Weekly Timed explores everything parkrun and is presented by Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. The pair share experiences, chat to guests and interact with fellow parkrun runners as they debate the big talking points of the week.To get in touch, email us at [email protected] or tweet us @freeweeklytimed. You can also get in touch via our website


  • Rosie Swale Pope MBE

    Rosie Swale Pope MBE

    20/11/2020 Duração: 34min

    Our special guest this week is British adventurer, author and grandmother Rosie Swale Pope. Despite running round the world, sailing solo across the atlantic and numerous other bonkers challenges, she tells us about her love of parkrun. We also hear from a listener who is taking in 7 parkruns as he aims to complete his first ever marathon.

  • The hardest working parkrun person on the planet

    The hardest working parkrun person on the planet

    13/11/2020 Duração: 29min

    As more parkrun events return around the world, we check in with Renee Gimbert - parkrun territory manager, Asia Pacific. She tells us about the challenges they face as more and more events re-open. And Vassos gets some advice to pass onto his son Matthew. 

  • parkrun’s return on the Isle of Man

    parkrun’s return on the Isle of Man

    06/11/2020 Duração: 38min

    This week, we check in with Eileen Clarke, one of the volunteers at Nobles parkrun, which restarted this week on the Isle of Man. She tells how the rain didn’t dampen the spirits as 132 parkrunners turned up.  We also hear from Tim Jones who set himself a remarkable running challenge that made use of the clock’s changing!

  • Mini Mermaid Running Club

    Mini Mermaid Running Club

    30/10/2020 Duração: 46min

    Hannah Corne, Executive Director of Mini Mermaid Running Club UK, joins us this week to tell us about the programme she has set up which uses physical activity and mindfulness to strengthen young girls' self-confidence, self-esteem and self-compassion. We also receive the most romantic email we have ever had.

  • parkrun’s most famous volunteers

    parkrun’s most famous volunteers

    23/10/2020 Duração: 45min

    BBC Sport commentator Andrew Cotter joins us this week to talk about his dogs Olive and Mabel, who rose to fame during lockdown when he would commentate on them performing regular dog acts.  We also catch up with Josephine from the “Ugandan Crew” from Burgess Park in South London.

  • A walk with PSH

    A walk with PSH

    16/10/2020 Duração: 43min

    Our special guest this week is Sandy Gilmour, who answered parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt’s offer of a (not)parkrun round Bushy Park. She tells us how it came about and why there was more talking than running! We also hear from parkrun’s newest recruit Callum who shares his tips on how to impress during a job interview.

  • Tasmania and the longest email ever

    Tasmania and the longest email ever

    09/10/2020 Duração: 30min

    As parkrun prepares to resume in Tasmania, we speak to Ivor Leonard about the good news. He tells us how the community has filled the gaps without parkrun over the last 6 months. Vassos and Helen share their stories from last weekend’s London Marathon and we receive a rather lengthy email.

  • parktoberfest


    02/10/2020 Duração: 48min

    parkrun's Global Head of Communications Russ Jefferys joins us to talk about parktoberfest, which encourages people to get together with friends, family and neighbours to inspire each other to complete as many (not)parkruns as possible in the month of October. We get a sneak preview of Vassos’ chat with Paul Sinton-Hewitt on the eve of parkrun’s 16th anniversary, and we check in with the return of parkrun in the Falkland Islands.

  • Accepting the inevitable

    Accepting the inevitable

    25/09/2020 Duração: 50min

    parkrun CEO Nick Pearson joins us to explain the news that parkrun events in England will not restart at the end of October as planned due to the rise of Covid-19 cases across the UK. Helen checks in with the return of parkrun in parts of Australia and in an FWT first, we have music from a marching band.

  • A parkrun love story

    A parkrun love story

    18/09/2020 Duração: 44min

    Visually impaired parkrunner Kelly Barton joins us this week to talk about finding love at and with parkrun. We also hear from parkrun’s Head of Health & Wellbeing Chrissie Wellington. And we learn Vassos doesn’t practice what he preaches!

  • A big thank you

    A big thank you

    11/09/2020 Duração: 37min

    Tim Hollingsworth, the boss of Sport England joins us to chat about their part in helping parkrun return in England. We hear more of your bad jokes and Helen speaks to someone who helped Witney get to the top of the (not)parkrun leaderboard.

  • parkrun to return in England

    parkrun to return in England

    07/09/2020 Duração: 29min

    In this special edition of FWT, parkrun Global Chief Executive Officer Nick Pearson joins us for a detailed discussion around the announcement of parkrun's intent to resume events in England toward the end of October.

  • Our worst ever email!

    Our worst ever email!

    04/09/2020 Duração: 46min

    Amanda Jennings from Co-op joins us to chat about their upgraded partnership with parkrun and some of the initiatives they've been involved with. Mike Weed is back to tell us about his review  regarding the transmission of Covid-19 in outdoor settings. And Vassos and Helen disagree on whether an email we received is our best or our worst!

  • Understanding the evidence

    Understanding the evidence

    28/08/2020 Duração: 45min

    Ahead of publishing his findings, we hear from Professor Mike Weed who has been commissioned by parkrun to carry out a review of the evidence regarding the transmission of COVID-19 in outdoor settings. Also, Helen finds out how to improve your running technique.

  • Running parkrun backwards

    Running parkrun backwards

    21/08/2020 Duração: 34min

    Our special guest this week is Martin Yelling, who tells us about his new project Stormbreak - which aims to improve mental health in children by promoting physical activity in primary schools. We also hear about a listener's experience of running their local parkrun course in reverse. You can follow us on Twitter here:

  • Any questions?

    Any questions?

    14/08/2020 Duração: 59min

    parkrun’s Chief Operating Officer Tom Williams is back again this week to answer your questions after publishing the COVID Framework for how parkrun events will return. You can follow us on Twitter here:

  • How parkrun will return

    How parkrun will return

    07/08/2020 Duração: 01h04min

    parkrun’s Chief Operating Officer Tom Williams talks us through the framework for how parkrun events will return, when the time is right. You can follow us on Twitter here:

  • From Russia with love

    From Russia with love

    31/07/2020 Duração: 46min

    BBC TV and radio presenter Rachel Burden joined us for a chat this week. She tells us how a trip to Moscow introduced her to parkrun and why it is now part of her weekend routine. Kirsty Woodbridge from HQ talks us through her role as Communications Manager and how parkrun has changed her life.

  • 1941


    24/07/2020 Duração: 48min

    After setting himself the challenge of breaking 20 minutes for his downhill (not)parkrun, Vassos talks us through how he got on. Mike Graney, parkrun’s Head of Analysis joins us to discuss some of the surveys that have been done regarding the return of parkrun and we hear from Taz, who tells us what it is like turning up on a Saturday morning wearing a hijab.

  • Celebrating (not)parkrun

    Celebrating (not)parkrun

    17/07/2020 Duração: 40min

    With the huge success of (not)parkrun, we speak to HQ’s Technical Lead and IT wizard, Ian Rutson. Ian talks us through some of the numbers and why it’s been such a success worldwide. We also hear from the ED whose parkrun has the highest number of walkers, and the listeners help Vassos find his ultimate downhill 5k. You can follow us on Twitter here

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