Meet Bonnie Cochrane – The most inspirational 70-year young parkrunner from Golden Beach.
I remember when I first saw Bonnie at parkrun – her style of running could only be described as “poetry in motion”. Seamless, effortless and fluid motion – it was something I aspired to. It soon became obvious that I was not the only person who admired this lady. I consider myself lucky that Bonnie took the time to encourage me on my parkrun journey, together with many others. It became obvious why. Her nature (being a retired Registered Nurse), shows through as caring and nurturing – she is often seen encouraging adults and children with a kind word or applause.
What I thought to be a “high five” moment for myself was the day I actually beat Bonnie across the line. My self-praise was very short lived as I realised, looking back, this could have been the start of her being unwell in relation to her errant heartbeat. Whilst the doctors could not definitely say what was wrong with her and told her “it was just her age” Bonnie knew deep down this was something more serious. The next doctor who actually said this to her may very well have had his ears boxed. All during this time of uncertainty, Bonnie just kept going. At times we had to bully her into taking it easy – something that did not come easily to her.
Besides her admirable PB of 28:33, Bonnie has shown true spirit by not only having a wonderful sporting lineage, but has backed up her enthusiasm for parkrun by volunteering just 10 days after having a Pacemaker installed. This internal timepiece will keep her putting one foot in front of the other for many years to come. We only have to wait 6 weeks for her recuperation and it will be action stations again… watch out Golden Beach parkrun, Bonnie is a coming for you.
Jocelyn Martin – Golden Beach parkrunner
Lena Charles and Bonnie Smith are Health Promotion Officers (and Best Friends) at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) in Melbourne. They are passionate and love empowering their Aboriginal community to make healthy lifelong changes. One way they do this is by promoting the benefits of parkrun. They love spending their Saturday mornings at parkrun…
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