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.
The day of love is upon us and as Australians gear up to spend a whopping $23 million on Valentine’s gifts, dinners, drinks and flowers, one Australian couple are thanking parkrun Australia for shooting cupid’s arrow, without spending a single cent. Equine Physiotherapist, Hayleigh Reid and her husband Nigel have mapped out the perfect…
It seems like the most unlikely of locations to find love, but parkrun has brought many couples together around the world. Port Macquarie couple, Kylie Scott Young and Kiel Bigeni met just before Valentine’s Day last year at their local parkrun and after one thing led to another, the couple are due to be…