ParkRun Practice

Parkrun Practice Certificate

In June 2018 parkrun UK launched the parkrun practice initiative in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). We’re delighted to announce that we are part of the parkrun practice initiative and we have partnered with Poolsbrook parkrun to become a parkrun practice.

Parkruns are free nationwide events, taking place every Saturday morning, which revolve around completing a 5km route in open spaces.

The initiative aims to promote the health and wellbeing of staff, patients and carers through walking, running, volunteering or spectating at parkrun events. parkrun is a positive, welcoming and inclusive experience where there is no time limit and no one finishes last. Everyone is welcome to come along, whether you walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate.

Research has shown that participation in parkrun has wide ranging health and wellbeing benefits, including through increased levels of activity, improved physical and mental health, increased levels of happiness, increased confidence and self-esteem, the building of friendships and social connections, personal empowerment and skill development through volunteering.


What is Poolsbrook parkrun?

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it's up to you!

When is it?

Every Saturday at 9:00am.

Where is it?

The event takes place at Poolsbrook Country Park, Pavilion Drive, Poolsbrook, Chesterfield, S43 3WL. See Course page for more details.

What does it cost to join in?

Nothing - it's free! but please register before you first come along. Only ever register with parkrun once and don't forget to bring a scannable copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won't get a time.

How fast do I have to be?

We all take part for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!

Poolsbrook parkrun needs you!

It is entirely organised by volunteers - email to help.

We're friendly!

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Coffee Stop Café, show your barcode for a 10% discount - please come and join us!

Junior Parkrun

Junior Parkrun

Parkrun isn't just for adults. Here in Chesterfield we also have junior parkrun that's held every Sunday at 09:00AM at Staveley Welfare Cricket Club, Lowgates, Staveley, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 3UG. 

Junior parkrun is a fun and friendly weekly 2k event for juniors (4 to 14 year olds). ​They are open to all, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. The courses are marshalled so that juniors will be in sight of at least one marshal at all times.


Royal Primary Care Parkrun Takeover: 15th November Run Report

On Saturday 15th November on a very crisp and sunny autumnal morning, we here at Royal Primary Care had the privilege of hosting our first parkrun takeover at Poolsbrook Country Park.

Royal Primary Care is a registered parkrun practice and we actively encourage our patients to look after their health and wellbeing through regular exercise. Amongst our staff we have keen runners, swimmers, walkers, horse-riders, martial artists, netballers, cricketers, footballers, stand up paddle boarders, gym goers, golfers and regular parkrunners who volunteer and take part in parkruns across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Our staff really do practice what they preach.

At our inaugural takeover, 214 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part. Amongst the runners were visitors from Gedling, Bingley, Alvaston and New Zealand!

Our Active Healthy Lives Mel Baker-Hunt did a fantastic job in her debut role as Run Director and Dr Ahmed welcomed the 32 first timers in his first timers briefing. Amongst our team of volunteers we had representation from our GPs, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Administrators and Leadership team.

The team RPC volunteers were shown the ropes by some of the regular parkrun volunteers who helped us in our first takeover. Amongst these volunteers is veteran parkrun volunteer Jean who celebrated her 300th parkrun as a volunteer who has been volunteering at both the junior and adult parkruns since 2016. Our thanks and congratulations to Jean for regularly giving up her Saturday mornings to help this fantastic community event to continue running.

We were also joined by Live Life Better Derbyshire who we worked alongside to offer free height, weight, BP and BMI checks as well as general health advice. A great free local resource who offer a wealth of resources such as; advice for weight loss and healthy eating, tips to help stop smoking, support for helping you get active, advice around drinking, family health and wellbeing support, advice on housing, falls prevention and money and debt advice.

Our thanks go to all in attendance that came to support our takeover, Live Life Better Derbyshire, the fantastic parkrun community and to Mark our Poolsbrook parkrun ambassador for his guidance in helping us to facilitate this takeover.


RPC Parkrun Takeover