Hi my name is Deefa dog. Saturdays are my favourite day of the week because my humans Bec and Joel take me along to parkrun in Hamilton, Victoria.
They take it in turns to run with me each weekend. As soon as Bec and Joel put their runners on and we hop in the car I know exactly where we are going and can’t help but pace in the car as I get anxious and excited about the run ahead. I am an extremely enthusiastic parkrunner! I sometimes get a little impatient during the pre-run brief because I am just so keen to get running – but Bec and Joel remind me that it is an important part of parkrun to listen to the Run Director so I have to sit and listen patiently. I then like to drag them to the front of the field at the start line.
I only have little legs but I am very competitive so I like to run as fast as I can even if that means pulling Bec along a bit. These days Bec is a bit slow for me, but when I run with Joel we sometimes even cross the finish line in first place!
My PB is about 20 minutes. I could probably be even a little bit quicker sometimes, but generally, I need a couple of stops along the way to relieve myself since nature calls whenever I start running. Although I am a little bit keen at the start line normally, I know parkrun isn’t all about winning – so I’ve volunteered as tail walker a few times too.
I have now done over 50 parkruns and can’t wait to reach the 100 club!
In October 2017 we were approached by Sumitomo Life with regards the possibility of starting parkrun in Japan, they were also preparing to launch SUMITOMO LIFE Vitality Shared-Value Insurance. As we already had strong relationships with Vitality in South Africa and the UK, and as Japan being a country we were already interested in, we decided to…