Paul Sinton-Hewitt

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Peter Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE FRSA is the founder of Parkrun.[1] He was appointed a CBE "for services to Grassroots Sport Participation" in 2014,[2] and was selected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2016.[3] In December 2019, he was awarded the Albert Medal (Royal Society of Arts) for building a global participation movement and made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Sinton-Hewitt started the Bushy Park Time Trial in 2004 whilst unemployed and unable to run due to an injured leg.[4] It has evolved into Parkrun - a free 5 kilometre timed running event that takes place every Saturday morning. Sinton-Hewitt first began parkrun in Bushy Park in London. Originally called Bushy Park Time Trial, the first event took place on 2 October 2004, with 13 entrants. Later a two-kilometre "Junior parkrun" format was added for children aged 4 to 14 (held weekly on Sunday mornings). As of summer 2018 each weekend roughly 220,000 to 280,000 people participate in about 1,500 parkruns globally.[5]

Born in Zimbabwe,[6] he grew up in South Africa. At age five he was made a ward of the state and then lived at boarding schools. He was educated at Potchefstroom High School for Boys and was a crew member supporting Bruce Fordyce in the Comrades Marathon.[7] He moved to the United Kingdom where he was living when he had a breakdown in 1995. He has said that the personal challenges he has experienced, including bullying during childhood, and the way exercise and activity have helped him deal with them, were influential in motivating him in creating parkrun and its inclusive approach to sport.[8] In 2018 he completed the Vitruvian Triathlon.[9]

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  1. ^ "The parkrun Story – Paul Sinton-Hewitt". Blog.strava.com. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  2. ^ "2014 Birthday Honours List" (CSV). Gov.uk. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  3. ^ "fellow Paul Sinton-Hewitt". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Paul Sinton-Hewitt Interview". Runbundle.com. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  5. ^ "weekly totals history". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Paul Sinton-Hewitt". Ashoka.org. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Q&A: parkrun Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt – Men's Running UK". Mensrunning.co.uk. 27 February 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Forget Profit. It's Love and Fun that Drive Innovations Like parkrun – The Guardian". theguardian.com. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Vitruvian 2018 Results". pacesetterevents.com. 8 September 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2018.

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