I am proud to belong to a big family of five boys and five girls. We five sisters (ranging in age from 56 to 72) all happily participate in weekly parkruns. This morning was extra special with all five sisters parkrunning together in Toowoomba, Queensland.
One sister belongs to Rockhampton parkrun, three sisters have Toowoomba as their home parkrun, and mine is Gatton. Between four of us, we have ‘clocked up’ 427 parkruns. We feel parkrun is a wonderful social and active interest that we share. We try to support each other by travelling for milestone events. In fact, what brought us together in Toowoomba this morning was our brother-in-law’s 100th parkrun. Three other brothers-in-law took part as well.
I wonder if having five sisters, all parkrunning, is unique to us. As the comic duo, Roy and HG, would say on ‘The Dream’, I ‘throw down the gauntlet’ to other parkrunning families as a challenge to see if ours is a ‘record’.
This morning I joined 517 parkrunners/walkers at Gunghalin parkrun in Canberra. It sounded like one big party.
Many of these parkrunners also participated at Tuggeranong parkrun earlier this morning on the opposite side of Canberra.
I wasn’t sure about parkrun… The Gardiners Creek parkrun launch was my first parkrun. On the way to launch, I asked my husband (a passionate parkrunner) “why were we driving 10 minutes from home to get on a running track with strangers for a group run, when we could do a run anytime on…
Saturday I ran my 50th parkrun at Burley Griffin in Canberra. It was an extra special milestone for me, as it also marked four years since the day I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014. At 27 years of age, a cancer diagnosis came as a complete shock. I had graduated from university…