300 Vegan Runners joined Bicester parkrun during Vegan Camp Out
Vegan Camp Out was a hugely successful event this year, and it attracted many Vegan Runners who attended the parkrun in record-breaking numbers. As the festival continues to grow, so does the number of Vegan Runners in attendance every year. Everywhere you looked, someone was wearing a Vegan Runner shirt or hoodie.
Vegan Camp Out
15,000 tickets were sold for the festival, with attendees from all parts of the country and abroad. The weekend was a massive success, with several leading activists such as Joey Carbstrong and Tash Peterson speaking on the stage, along with representatives from organisations such as Viva! and We the Free. In addition, vegan celebrities like Romesh Ranganathan and Sam Ryder were also part of the lineup.
The food line-up was equally as fantastic, with a huge list of options far too long to list here. There were so many to choose from! Several clothing stands and activism stalls were also operating throughout, one of which was run by Vegan Runners, which signed up many new members throughout the weekend.
A record-breaking number of Vegan Runners attended Bicester parkrun, just three miles away from the venue, during the Vegan Camp Out weekend. 300 vegan runners were scanned at the parkrun on the Saturday morning of the camp-out (and gathered for a group photo before the run to mark the occasion) which is the highest number of club members attending the same parkrun.
As the festival continues to grow, so does the number of club members in attendance and the parkrun gatherings get bigger each year too. 2024 is set to be bigger and better for Vegan Camp Out and the running club.
The Growth of Vegan Runners
Vegan Runners started in 2005 with just 10 members and has been growing every year since. As of 2022, it has 3042 members. The club has runners of all abilities, from elite-level athletes to casual joggers. The best thing about the club is its inclusivity. Sure, it’s great to have runners who can win races, but it is also great to have runners who can relate to runners who run for fun, fitness and general health. Anyone and everyone are welcome to join, regardless of ability, provided they are vegan.
And if you’re interested in hearing about one of the club's most inspiring members, check out our interview with Paul Youd, the 85-year-old ultra-runner.