When our dear friend and fellow parkrunner John Butcher lost his beloved wife of nearly 60 years on Christmas Day last year, he decided it was time to set himself a challenge: to either lower or set the VM85-89 age category record at 20 different parkruns. John has reached his goal having now completed Gunpowder parkrun, Barclay parkrun, Panshanger parkrun, Roding Valley parkrun, Grovelands parkrun, Walthamstow parkrun, Ally Pally parkrun, St Albans parkrun, Finsbury parkrun, Hackney Marshes parkrun, Valentines parkrun, Harlow parkrun, Hampstead Heath parkrun, Barking parkrun, Stevenage parkrun, Raphael parkrun, Aldenham parkrun, Harrow Lodge parkrun, Wanstead Flats parkrun and Pymmes parkrun. John has thoroughly enjoyed being a tourist and will carry on as he just loves the social interaction that comes with it.
Last month, we decided to do parkrun together on the morning of our wedding. We got married on the Isle of Wight so did some tourism to Medina parkrun (our home run is Southampton). We finished together in a time of 26.29 and everyone made an archway for us to run through at the end, cheering and clapping us along the route. We both volunteered afterwards sorting tokens and as this was my 25th time volunteering I joined the purple t-shirt club on my wedding day!
Alice Baker (A1614091) and David Baker (A2539380)
I was delighted to run join members of Staple Hill Runners and others as they turned out in force at Pomphrey Hill on Saturday to support Roz Castle as she celebrated her 50th parkrun. You see, Roz is a legend in these parts. If you could meet a person who is more supportive and encouraging of your running, whatever your standard, I’d like to meet them. Roz has become a running force to be reckoned with in less than 18 months – going from couch to 5k, to 10k, to half marathon to 50 parkruns. But the thing you need to understand is that she will ALWAYS put her own training aside to support another. She absolutely epitomises the spirit of parkrun. Thank you Roz.
A friend and I wanted a fun way to celebrate our birthdays so we went as Darth Vader and Storm Trooper. We both love dressing up in fancy dress, it makes us laugh and smile as it does others. Llanelli Coast parkrun is used to our fancy dress runs and everyone gives us such support. parkrun not only starts the weekend off in a good way but it enables us to indulge in our love for dressing up and having fun (but it’s hard trying to run and laugh at the same time!). We love parkrun and everyone who attends.
My first parkrun was in January 2013 in York with around 80 regular runners. Today York parkrun attracts an average of 500+ runners and I am a regular at Wetherby parkrun. My first aim for parkrun was to complete 10 and run under 26 minutes, and since that time I have lost five an stone and run seven half marathons and two marathons (York 2015 and 16) and I completed my 150th parkrun last week. Thanks for the great idea and new friends!
My brother-in-law Paul Coker has had Type 1 diabetes since he was five. He has lived with T1 for 40yrs so this past year has been running one half marathon for every year he has lived with it. He has currently run 36 and will run his 40th half marathon in Swansea on 25 June. His brother Mark (my partner) is running with him on his 40th half marathon along with a huge group of T1 runners hoping to break the world record for most people with T1 running in a half marathon. We are all very proud of Paul and his achievements despite his T1 – infact he and Mark also climbed Kilimanjaro in 2014, again with a record breaking team of climbers all with T1.
In 2007 at the age of 34 I loved to run and was capable of a sub 20 minute 5k. However, I subsequently required repeated admissions to hospital with kidney problems, resulting in the need for almost annual operations to remove kidney stones and treat kidney infections. Add to that two broken ankles at different times and a badly broken right leg from a bicycle accident, my physical fitness had deteriorated considerably, as had my confidence to regain any of my former fettle. Two weeks ago I went to Erddig parkrun and was the last person to finish, in just over 50 minutes. I loved the community feel of the event, and feel inspired to keep going back to enjoy the experience, and the running!
Spooky parkrun milestone coincidences in Winchester! On Saturday 20 May, four members of Winchester parkrun completed milestones: Richard Spalding 100, Catherine Saunders 75, Pete Kierans 50, Olly Kierans 25. However, there are a number of really spooky unplanned coincidences with this. All four are members of Worthy Runners. All four live in the same small Close in Kings Worthy. All four were in the same four-person Clarendon Marathon Relay team. All four ran in the Relay in the exact same team order of highest to lowest parkruns!
Our story was featured a few months ago as we led up to our wedding and we wanted to update you all! Paul and I met at Riverside parkrun back in 2014 after Paul asked me for change for the car park and we ended up running together. We married in secret on 15 May with only a few close friends and family there, including my fellow Riverside Run Director Sally who was there on our first “date”. After a fabulous honeymoon doing lots of running in Menorca we returned to Riverside to celebrate with our parkrun family on Saturday. I’ll always be grateful to parkrun for changing our lives. We took #loveparkrun to a whole new level!
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People have been asking me a lot lately why I am always taking photos at parkrun and never actually running, so I thought I would explain how not being able to run has helped me fall in love with volunteering. After a successful marathon last year, and running parkrun through the winter, I fractured…