My brother-in-law, David, introduced me to parkrun in early 2015 at Tamworth. I had heard of it but didn’t really know what all the fuss was about.
We didn’t have a local parkrun in Port Macquarie at that time so I only did a couple of tourist runs here and there. That was until a dedicated bunch of runners established Port Macquarie parkrun in late 2015 and I began running in earnest.
Running had never been a normal part of my life up to that point, I was more often found on my bike early in the morning but the regularity and community aspect of parkrun really struck a chord with me so that Saturday mornings become parkrun mornings from then on.
I soon went on to complete 50 parkruns, which was quite an achievement for me at the time. My wife decided to come and support me at my 50th parkrun and do her first parkrun. I jokingly said to her that day that if she stuck with it we could do my 100th parkrun when she did her 50th! Little did I know that roughly a year later that would be exactly what happened!
She has gone on to run several half marathons now and I have run a couple of marathons, something I definitely did not anticipate when we started running.
We have made a lot of really great friends through parkrun and various running clubs in town. We regularly volunteer and get just as much satisfaction helping to organise parkrun as we do completing it each week.
An exciting new event is coming to Western Sydney and it will provide parkrunners with an opportunity to run in our own ‘parkrun wave’ as well as help establish new parkrun events in key areas of Western Sydney The inaugural RunWest – Western Sydney’s largest community festival will take place next March. Join in for…
Kelley was the recent winner of Medibank’s Melbourne Marathon Festival competition and sat down for a quick Q&A about her experience over the past two weeks… Tell us a little about yourself My name’s Kelley. I’m married with 3 children and a dog and I love to run. I always have a registered event…