parkrun vs Olympics - which has had a greater positive impact to UK sport?

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Apr 2016
11:29pm, 14 Apr 2016
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Not here they weren't.
Apr 2016
12:04am, 15 Apr 2016
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Love parkrun, love the Olympics. I think in terms of general participation it has to be parkrun.

The question was impact on UK sport, if that means at an elite level then the Olympics wins. It has created heroes for those 10-16 year olds to aspire to as well as securing funding for them.

Sometimes a sporting event has a short term impact on participation. Ever tried to get a tennis court during Wimbledon season? Whilst other times it is more prolonged. Olympic and now road success on the bike has definitely helped increase participation in that area.
Apr 2016
8:44am, 15 Apr 2016
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Parkrun .... by far. The olympic legacy has not really happened - Parkrun's aim is to get people out and running / active . Should be applauded not punished by local councils.
Apr 2016
7:46pm, 22 Apr 2016
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Parkrun and junior parkrun
Oct 2020
9:05am, 15 Oct 2020
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On 12th April 2016, on the first page of this thread, Angus Clydesdale posted: Ah yes, the cult of Parkrun. Perhaps funds could be diverted from the NHS to support the infrastructure?

The way things were going, he'd might been a prophet if that pesky virus hadn't come along and spoiled everything.

(I like reading the zombie threads over there -> )
Oct 2020
10:24am, 15 Oct 2020
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[Fetch's dusty cupboards ^]
Nov 2021
7:22pm, 11 Nov 2021
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Worth noting that part of the legacy of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow was a number - three I think? - of additional parkruns in the city.

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