I am a member of the Rotary E-Club of Australia Nomads. Our members live all over Australia and we donate to and get involved in organisations such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Foodbank to name a couple.
Earlier this year we started to become aware of and get involved in parkruns in many different places in Australia. Recently 15 of our members spent a long weekend of Service and Friendship in Portland, Victoria and took part in that parkrun on Saturday 10th November.
Don McQueen who lives in Albert Park, Melbourne, pictured on the right with his good friend, fellow Nomad and Horsham parkrunner and Volunteer, Dennis Wade, ran his first parkrun at Portland which is not bad for someone who is 76.
The other significant thing about this is that Don has had both hips and one of his knees replaced. As Don said, “It is great to keep active and did you know that I did a PB at Portland”!
Don played competitive cricket until over the age of 70 and appreciates the chance to be involved in parkruns as he and wife Anne, travel around Australia in their Caravan. Anne also completed her first parkrun at Portland.
Many parkrunners have described Wilson Botani parkrun as the most challenging course in Australia! Be prepared for HILLs, and to absolutely be in awe of the scenery. The course takes you around a basalt lake over the Boardwalk, through the eucalyptus trees and on towards the not-so-flat hill, where you’ll reach the…
What’s in a name? A lot when it comes to parkrun! 1. Name: Barry Curtis parkrun Number of parkrunners named Barry Curtis: 2 Named after Sir Barry Curtis, the longest-serving mayor of Manukau City, Barry Curtis Park is an award-winning open space and one of New Zealand’s largest parks. The 94-acre park has…