Wally Moore took part in Castletown parkrun exactly six months after having a total hip replacement. As Wally’s wife Finola explains, there can be plenty of parkrun life after major surgery.
“Are you doing the parkrun tomorrow?” I was asked by my husband Wally at 11pm on Friday night.
“I might” I said, “if it’s not raining!”
“I might go down with you so and walk it” he replied!
This was a huge milestone in our house as Wally had total hip replacement surgery (THR) exactly six months previously.
“I’ll walk it with you” I said, delighted he was confident enough to go to parkrun.
Saturday morning came and it was lashing outside. I thought to myself he won’t want to go out in that, but no, I was wrong. After checking his weather app for Celbridge he announced it’s only a shower and is passing over and we should be okay – but bring the raincoats just in case.
And so to the start line, and true to the app the rain had stopped and the sun was out (we were the only two wearing raincoats). As the parkrun started I automatically started my watch and away we went. At the power house at the bottom of the hill, the bug had taken hold and he started to jog. I quietly jogged beside him and then he stopped. “Well that seemed fine” he said “No pain there”.
Wally told me going uphill would be easier on his hip so just after the bridge he started jogging again. Coming up to complete the first lap we had cheers from the Run Director Sharon and all the volunteers and this boosted him. The rain jacket got taken off and we walked again down the hill by the swans. At the bottom of the hill he asked how long we were walking. After consulting my watch I told him if he jogged a bit more we could finish in under 45 minutes.
So the target was set and off he went jogging again. It was brilliant to see him jogging again as he had missed it so much, not just since the operation but since it got too painful to run which was probably a year or more. When I say he was buzzing after finishing the parkrun to loud cheers is an understatement. The best news was he was not in pain and the new hip survived the experience. His time was 45.11. He was raging he didn’t get under the 45 but secretly I was happy as I knew next time he went to parkrun he had a target to beat. The next week he did, and he’s now down to 34:46!
To all you parkrunners out there: there is a parkrun life after a hip op!
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