Show off to all your friends, collect your badges and improve your stats today!
The extension contains many challenges and stats, some old, some new, and many may sound strange at first - so what do they all mean? Hopefully this page explains all!
Also, as a special extra something for those dedicated volunteers you can gain stars for doing a role 5+ times (1 star), 10+ times (2 stars), and 25+ times (3 stars)!
Equipment Storage and Delivery - Fill your shed with signs and high-viz!
Communications Person - The first rule of parkrun, tell everyone about parkrun! (Unless it is the first event, in which case, keep it under your hat for a week for two) Spread the world and ensure everyone stays up to date about your event.
Volunteer Co-ordinator - Ensure the roster is packed full of friendly-folk ready to cheer everyone on and run a great event
Event Day Course Check - Scout out the course on the day of the run to check for any problems.
Pre-event Setup - Be the early bird and get to parkrun early and ensure that everything is ready for everyone else when they stroll up at 8:45
Car Park Marshal - Keep everyone safe and organised in the car park
First Timers Briefing - Make sure that runners new to parkrun know how it all works (and to not take the tokens home, or duck the funnel!), and give everyone new to your event the lay of the land - and how many laps it is.
Warm Up Leader - Get those juniors all warmed up and ready to go!
Sign Language Support - Help parkrun be even more inclusive by signing the briefings
Marshal - Clap, cheer, and encourage everyone round, but most importantly enable parkrun to be a safe event
Tail Walker - Ensure no-one is ever last at parkrun and encourage those slower runners and walkers to make it to the finish
Run Director - Take charge and run a tight-ship on Saturday morning!
Lead Bike - Ensure no-one goes the wrong way out in front - watch out for those tight turns!
Pacer - Help runners meet their personal goals during paced events, don’t go off too quick!
Guide Runner - Help parkrun be even more inclusive by guiding visually impaired runners round the course
Photographer - Share the joy on the faces of everyone by taking lovely pictures of the runners and the event
Timer - Clock the runners in at the finish line
Funnel Manager - Watch out for funnel-duckers and make sure that the funnel runs smoothly
Finish Tokens & Support - Give out the finish tokens at the end, and get to congratulate every runner as they complete another lovely run
Barcode Scanning - description those lovely runners get their time, and most importantly, register them as having got out of bed on such a lovely Saturday morning!
Number Checker - Check everything is in order, helping the runners get the right times
Post-event Close Down - Fetch all the cones and signs in, and feel great for having done an extra lap!
Results Processor - Wrangle the laptop into life and get those results online
Token Sorting - Relax and achieve zen by sorting the tokens
Run Report Writer - Spread the word about how good your last event was by writing up the run report
Other - Some parkruns have other roles that don’t fit into the regular categories above, this role is a catch all that can be anything from carpark-management to human-clothes-hook!
Tourist - Run at 20+ different parkrun locations anywhere in the world
Cowell Club - Run at 100+ different parkrun locations anywhere in the world. Named after the first parkrunners to complete it. A quarter cowell is available at 25, half at 50, and three-quarter at 75.
Alphabeteer - Run at parkrun locations starting with each letter of the English alphabet (except X).
Single-Ton - Run 100+ parkruns at the same location.
Double-Ton - Run 200+ parkruns at the same location.
Stopwatch Bingo - Collect all the seconds from 00 to 59 in your finishing times.
Pirates! - Run seven Cs and an R (say it out loud).
Stayin’ Alive - Run three Bees and three Gees.
Compass Club - Run at a parkrun named after each of the four compass points.
The Full Ponty - Run at all the parkruns named ponty… or ponte…
Bushy Pilgrimage - Run at Bushy parkrun, where it all began.
Christmas Day - Run a parkrun on the 25th of December.
NYD Double - Run two parkruns on one New Year’s Day.
Groundhog Day - Finish with the same time at the same parkrun location on two consecutive parkruns.
All Weather Runner - Run in each month of the year.
Bronze Level Obsessive - Run 30+ parkruns in one calendar year.
Silver Level Obsessive - Run 40+ parkruns in one calendar year.
Gold Level Obsessive - Run 50+ parkruns in one calendar year.
You will also get a flag for each of the countries you have touristed in (in the order in which you first attended a parkrun there). The currently available countries are:
There are many stats that parkrunners keep, and a few of these are obvious such as the number of parkruns you have done, or how many different parkruns you have been to, but there are also some more mysterious ones, such as the p-index or ones that are hard to calculate such as the furthest distance from home you have travelled to go to a parkrun. The Running Challenges extension currently calculates the following stats:
|Total Runs||The total number of parkruns completed.|
|Total PBs||The total number of PBs achieved across all parkruns. N.B. parkrun counts PBs on a per-event basis, not across all events. You are marked as a ‘First Timer’ the first time you visit a parkrun event, and the next time you visit that even you have the chance to get your first PB there.|
|Longest PB streak||The highest number of consecutive PBs achieved across all parkrun events.|
|Total parkrun distance||The total distance achieved from adding up 5k for a parkrun, and 2k for a junior parkrun.|
|Most parkruns in a year||The highest number of parkruns attended in a calendar year.|
|p-index||The number of parkruns that satisfy the equation ‘p parkruns run at least p times’, e.g. If you have run 4 different parkruns at least 4 times each, your p-index is 4. If you have never run at an event twice, then your p-index will only be 1!|
|wilson-index||The maximum contiguous series of parkrun event numbers you have attended (at any event), starting at 1. To start off your streak, this requires that you have run at an inaugural event (controversial!), and then to increase the value to 2 you need to run at event #2 somewhere (not necessarily the same event as you ran at the inaugural event). They do not have to be in order, so you can go back and fill in numbers later.|
|parkrun birthday||The day you joined the parkrun family! This is the day you completed your first parkrun. Unfortunately we can’t find the date you first volunteered as this only takes into account your parkrun results table.|
|Years parkrunning||The number of full years you have been going to parkrun since you completed your first event.|
|Events run||The number of different parkrun events you have completed.|
|Tourist quotient||The percentage of parkrun events attended that you had not been to before. If you never repeat a parkrun event it will be 100%, if you never tourist at all it will tend towards 0%.|
|Tourism streak||The longest unbroken run of different events visited. If this happens to include your ‘home’ parkrun, this still counts in the calculation.|
|parkruns this year||How many parkrun events you have completed during this calendar year.|
|Total distance travelled||The cumulative distance you have travelled between each parkrun event. This is calculated by adding together the straight-line distance between each parkrun event in your results table. This is naturally going to be woefully inaccurate and is intended only to give a general guide for how much travel was required to go to the events in your results table.|
|Total countries visited||The total number of countries that you have parkrunned in. If everything is working this should match the number of flags under your badges!|
|Average parkrun location||The average latitude/longitude of all your parkrun attendances. This is the basic average of the lat/lon position of each parkrun result in your results table. If you commonly run only at your home parkrun and only occasionally visit other parkruns then the location will be heavily weighted towards your home parkrun. If, however, you visit all over the world, who knows where you will be on average - probably in the sea!|
|Furthest travelled||The furthest away parkrun you have been to (calculated from the home parkrun configured in the extension’s options). Note - this statistic is only available for the athlete configured in the extension options, as it needs to know which home parkrun to base the calculation from.|
|Nearest event not done yet (NENDY)||The nearest parkrun event to your home parkrun that you have not done yet. Note - this statistic is only available for the athlete configured in the extension options, as it needs to know which home parkrun to base the calculation from.|
|Total volunteer roles||How many of the different volunteering roles have been completed. Note - this can include multiple roles per week e.g. if you were a marshal, did course setup, and close-down, that adds 3 to this stat.|
|v-index||The number of volunteer roles which have been performed at least v times. E.g. If you have volunteered in 4 different roles at least 4 times, your v-index is 4. This stat was created by Mel Erbacher on episode 158 of the parkrun Adventurers podcast.|