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Table 1 Overview of themes and subthemes derived from interviews from parkrun Outreach Ambassadors

From: How can we get more people with long-term health conditions involved in parkrun? A qualitative study evaluating parkrun’s PROVE project

Theme Theme label Sample quotes
Theme 1 Support for parkrunners with LTCs
Sub-theme 1a parkrun has always been supportive of people with LTCs “there’s nothing formal, I would say but everybody was welcomed in one way or another” (P02, carer)
Sub-theme 1b Support from parkrun to engage those with LTCs could be more structured “There are instances where people who, whilst there’s no formal structure, have a huge amount of support. At the same time that doesn’t always happen, and there are parkruns that, through omission rather than by aim, don’t make it particularly easy for those with long-term conditions.” (P08, living with the LTC)
Sub-theme 1c The PROVE project is a strategic approach to inclusivity and publicity “It’s a great project in terms of what it’s trying to do. It hits on many different agendas and government initiatives trying to get the inactive active, which is great” (P15, specialist)
Theme 2 Perceptions of what success would look like for the PROVE project
Sub-theme 2a Encouraging more parkrun participants who have LTCs “The ultimate success would be increased numbers of people with [health condition] taking part, that’s the overriding objective” (P09, carer)
Sub-theme 2b Creating a safe space for people with LTCs “A longer term aim is to influence healthcare professionals, politicians and third sector agencies like charities to promote … that parkrun is a safe place, to give doctors confidence to tell people go along.” (P11, living with the LTC)
Sub-theme 2c Being able to demonstrate sustainability of the PROVE project “in terms of a sustainable model, volunteers is a great way, because it’s cost-effective” (P15, specialist)
Theme 3 Contributors to PROVE project success
Sub-theme 3a Being realistic about the potential for change “readjust and focus more on certain conditions where there’s a lower level of participation” (P15, specialist)
Sub-theme 3b Challenging perceptions of what parkrun is and who it is for “what we really need to be trying to get out there is, it is acceptable to come along to parkrun and walk” (P05, living with the LTC)
Sub-theme 3c Engaging with key stakeholders and advocacy groups “Being recognised by the health service and by the advocacy groups for the conditions is key” (P05, living with the LTC)
Sub-theme 3d Selecting Outreach Ambassadors with appropriate qualities “Passion. Persistence. Resilience. Stamina. Optimism” (P03, carer)
Theme 4 Anticipated challenges for the PROVE project
Sub-theme 4a parkrun communication channels have limited reach “The limitations will potentially come from lines of communication not being robust enough” (P03, carer)
Sub-theme 4b Difficulty demonstrating impact “How do we know whether or not people have been encouraged to attend?” (P02, carer)
Sub-theme 4c Success is dependent on volunteers “It’s a massive piece of work, and to undertake it on top of your day job can be a bit difficult. So it’s about being realistic about what you can and can’t achieve in a short timescale” (P01, specialist)