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Table 3 Perceived impact of running or walking at parkrun using the question “Thinking about the impact of parkrun on your health and wellbeing, to what extent has running or walking at parkrun changed:” Allowed responses were ‘much worse, worse, no impact, better, much better’. Proportions are a combined value of ‘better’ and ‘much better’

From: Exploring the benefits of participation in community-based running and walking events: a cross-sectional survey of parkrun participants

Reporting ‘better’ or ‘much better’ Full sample Deprived sub-sample Inactive sub-sample Deprived / inactive sub-sample
Your sense of personal achievement
 n 56,276 4131 2071 223
 % 90.7% 91.7% 93.4% 93.3%
Your fitness
 n 56,269 4125 2072 223
 % 89.3% 91.3% 92.9% 92.4%
Your physical health
 n 56,262 4134 2077 225
 % 84.7% 87.0% 88.5% 89.8%
Your happiness
 n 56,217 4126 2068 224
 % 78.8% 81.8% 80.8% 83.5%
The amount of time you spend outdoors
 n 56,251 4134 2076 225
 % 74.1% 78.7% 82.1% 85.8%
Your enjoyment of competing
 n 56,253 4126 2072 224
 % 72.7% 74.2% 70.6% 70.1%
How much you feel part of a community
 n 56,217 4120 2076 225
 % 69.7% 70.6% 68.2% 69.8%
Your mental health
 n 56,215 4127 2074 225
 % 69.3% 73.9% 72.3% 76.4%
Your confidence
 n 56,225 4132 2075 225
 % 61.3% 66.3% 64.0% 70.7%
Your ability to be active in a safe environment
 n 56,193 4122 2072 225
 % 59.9% 65.3% 69.3% 72.4%
The number of new people you meet
 n 56,237 4127 2075 225
 % 57.5% 58.7% 55.8% 60.9%
Your ability to control your weight
 n 56,208 4124 2074 224
 % 52.3% 54.7% 56.3% 54.0%
Your overall lifestyle choices (e.g. diet & smoking)
 n 56,209 4118 2074 224
 % 51.8% 56.4% 57.2% 65.2%
The amount of time you spend with friends
 n 56,181 4125 2073 224
 % 41.1% 42.4% 41.1% 46.0%
The amount of time you spend with family
 n 56,140 4123 2071 224
 % 27.7% 26.2% 31.7% 29.5%