On This Day 2 October

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-10-02
In 1836 Charles Darwin returned after 5 years on the HMS Beagle and with the specimens that led to the theory of natural selection; in 1869 Mahatma Gandhi was born. In 2004 the Bushy Park Time Trial took place - the first parkrun.

Happy Birthday to parkrun

It was on the 2nd of October 2004 that 13 runners, including founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt, ran the Busy Park Time Trial. Their results were timed with a stopwatch and their results recorded on paper.


parkrun has gone on (excluding lockdown restrictions) to have 725 locations in the United Kingdom, 398 in Australia and 227 in South Africa. It takes place every Saturday morning in more than 2000 locations in total. It wasn't until 2008 that it became known as parkrun and expanded. parkrun - their story

Other events on this day

  • 1836: Charles Darwin returned to England after 5 years on the HMS Beagle gathering specimens leading to the theory of evolution by natural selection
  • 1869: Mahatma Gandhi was born; today is celebrated as International Day of Non-Violence
  • 2004: the first parkrun (known as The Bushy Park Time Trial) took place in London
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