My 71-year-old dad was attacked by a crocodile in South Africa at the beginning of the year. He had extensive injuries to his chest, leg and arms. His injuries were complicated by severe sepsis and required 18 operations, including an above knee amputation. After 42 days of intensive care, he was discharged to the ward and then eventually to a rehabilitation unit and finally home.
Prior to the accident, he was doing parkrun every week and it was a great incentive during his recovery and rehabilitation to get back and do it again. Indeed, I remember him mouthing “I’m going to get better and parkrun again” through his tracheostomy from his ICU bed, bandages and tubes everywhere. Our response was something like, “Erm, okay then”.
Recently he completed his first parkrun in Johannesburg with his new prosthesis. It took an hour and a half and he finished with blisters on his stump… but he made it step by step. It’ll be the first of many.
Family all over the world have started doing parkrun since then. Here in Auckland, my wife, kids and labrador manage to get to Cornwall Park most Saturdays and dedicate each completed parkrun to the strength it’s taken with my dad’s resilience and his positive attitude to life.
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…