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.
Black Combe parkrun in the UK became the first parkrun event in the world to launch inside a prison on 4 November 2017. One of the participants that day was Alfy Kirkley (pictured left) who went on to complete 17 parkruns and set a new course record before his release last week. As he…
I had another life once. It feels so long ago I can barely remember it. But I’m reminded by strangers when they ask about the Olympic tattoo on my back. See, in my ‘other’ life, I competed for Australia at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in handball. It was an amazing time in my…