Hi! My name is Murphy Stafford and I love New Farm parkrun.
I know it’s parkrunday when I wake up and see my human, Trevor, get his running shoes ready. That’s when the madness begins! From then on, I can’t let Trevor out of my sight; I follow him around the house, just in case he tries to sneak out to parkrun without me.
When we arrive at the park, I have to get out of the car and over to the gathering crowd as soon as possible so I can say hi to all my friends. I just can’t wait! During the pre-run briefing, I run in circles around Trevor – I just can’t stay still with all the excitement!
Then we start, and I have to go fast! I try to run flat out and hope that Trevor keeps up with me. Sometimes I stretch the lead tight to make him go that little bit faster Then we’re out running along the river, and I love overtaking all the parkrunners. It’s so funny because they look behind them to see what the strange sounds are, and then they realise that it’s me breathing. They think another parkrunner is about to collapse beside them.
I know where all the water taps are along the course, and Trevor knows when I need to stop because I change direction slightly to make sure he doesn’t miss them. Just a quick slurp and we’re back on track. By the last 2km, I’m feeling a bit tired and Trevor likes our new pace much better. By the time we cross the finish line, I’ve used most of my energy – but there’s just enough left for a quick trip to the dog park to tell the other pups about my parkrun.
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…
I first signed up to parkrun in May last year, determined to get active and lose weight, determined to go 5km around the Lillydale Lake. I was scared, nervous and for 4 months I couldn’t bring myself to do it as I wasn’t a runner and I didn’t want to be last or embarrassed because…