I have completed 55 parkruns at 14 different venues. There is not a parkrun in my hometown. I am not a runner but a very keen walker who walk/runs these events and now am an absolute fan of parkrun. I was first introduced to parkrun by our daughter.
My family have now all embraced parkrun and at Golden Beach, Queensland, while on a family holiday in January, eleven members of the family, spanning three generations and ages ranging from 7 to 74, all completed parkrun. It had been my dream to do it with our four children so was delighted when four grandchildren and my husband entered as well.
Our homes are spread over eastern Australia with our daughter in Launceston Tasmania, a son in Hobart, a son in Melbourne and a son in Brisbane who started the Rocks Riverside parkrun in response to the family saying “find us a parkrun when we come to stay with you in Brisbane”.
I am sure now our annual family holiday together will always include a parkrun.
These two photos show how lucky we are to have access to defibrillators at parkrun. 30 seconds after the first photo was taken Tanya went into cardiac arrest. Out for her regular Saturday morning run at Blackbutt parkrun, Tanya Barlow felt ‘a bit dizzy’ so sat down and that’s all she remembers. Luckily Blackbutt…
Mitch and his father never considered themselves runners, until they discovered parkrun. That lead them all the way to Hamburg to achieve something that neither thought would be possible. Wind back to October 2015 and I would loudly and proudly announce my disgust for organised running. There was nothing worse I could think of…