Health benefits of parkrun stretch well beyond the physical

September 26, 2014 2:37 AM

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LONDON (Reuters) - The thousands of Britons who take to their local green space each week for a mass five kilometer parkrun can expect to reap health benefits well beyond losing a few pounds and lowering their blood pressure.

Scientists who have studied the mass participation events, which from a small start in London 10 years ago next week have grown to attract some 70,000 runners a week worldwide, say their effect on psychological and physical health is starting to show.

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