The Big Run - Episode 17 - Nick Pearson - The Business of Running Part 1 of 2
The Big Run
In the first part of a 2 part special, I sit down with the CEO of Parkrun Nick Pearson. Parkrun started back in 2004 when 13 runners got together on a blustery day in Bushy Park, Teddington, UK. It's now an international family of over 3 million parkrunners (and counting). Nick joined the company in 2015 and has been an instrumental part of making the company a sustainable force for good. After hearing Nick's fascinating insights into the business of Parkrun be sure to head over to episode 2 with Dan Suher of Coros.
The parkrun adventurers are both enjoying the Autumn weather in Qld as Scotty makes another trip North for some parkrun freedom fun. parkrun Global CEO Nick Pearson kindly flies over from the UK specifically to chat with us. And we have a trio of roving reports from Mark, Mossy and Lyndell who adventured to Queanbeyan, Greenbank and Victory Heights parkruns.
#42 Parkrun – A Celebration of Community with Nick Pearson
Feel Better, Live More with Dr Rangan Chatterjee
"Somewhere in peoples DNA is a desire for them to be part of a community"Parkrun began 14 years ago, with a simple concept: a free five-kilometre time-trial around Bushy Park, south west London. It was a low-key, unofficial affair with socialising at its heart. Now over 5 million people across 20 countries have registered for the event! But why has it become so popular? Nick Pearson, Chief Executive of Parkrun and guest on this week’s Feel Better, Live More podcast, explains why. He believes that community is a basic human need that has been squeezed out by our lifestyles. We all crave community and that is what Parkrun is all about. It is inclusive and it doesn’t matter whether you run, jog or walk – there is always someone behind you. Even if you can’t run, you can volunteer, which can be even more beneficial than running for your social wellbeing and confidence. In fact, because of its success in making movement accessible to all, the Royal College of General Practitioners has partnered with Parkrun to promote the wellbeing of its staff and patients. Parkrun really is more than a health movement – it is a social movement that makes you feel part of your local community. It has transformed my weekends. If you haven’t already, I hope this podcast inspires you to give it a go!Show notes available at drchatterjee.com/parkrunFollow me on instagram.com/drchatterjee/Follow me on facebook.com/DrChatterjee/Follow me on twitter.com/drchatterjeeukSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 8: Interview with Nick Pearson, CEO, Jacaranda Health
Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs Podcast
Jacaranda Health provides affordable, high-quality maternal and child health care services to poor urban women in Kenya. Today, Jacaranda has a 60 strong team in Kenya and its growing fast.Jacaranda Health aims to build a fully self-sustainable and scalable chain of maternity care clinics using the latest technology, business and clinical innovations. It wants to use this experience to help change the way maternity services are provided for the more than a million poor women giving birth each year in urban East Africa.Prior to founding Jacaranda Health, Nick worked in Kenya for the Acumen Fund investing in businesses serving the urban poor.In this interview, Nick talks about: Why Jacaranda Bees scent-sensitive natural swallow definitelythis propionate product using. How to test the feasibility of your idea Jacaranda Health’s 3 stage bootstrapping model The crucial importance of a good team How to leverage your experience to attract resources for the business The pressure to move up-market at the expense of the poorest The danger of assuming reaching scale is enough