Brian Platt from Marple parkrun has become the 24th person in parkrun history to join the 500 Club. This is his story…
I was born in Stockport in 1936 and grew up in a council house while my dad was away fighting in WWII. Having passed my 11 plus exam I went to grammar school, and during my school years I participated in sports including soccer, cricket, table tennis and badminton – but never running!
Chemistry was my favourite subject and when I left school I became an industrial chemist whist studying part time. I went to Manchester University and upon graduation I spent a year at Birmingham University and became a Chemical Engineer. For the next 36 years I worked as a Project Manager and travelled to many parts of the world whilst having five children and nine grandchildren. Five great grandchildren have been added since!
My Christian faith has strengthened over the years and I was honoured to be churchwarden at our local church.
In 1993 the Kirsty Appeal was started and the first Great Manchester Run took place. I decided to have a go and have run it every year since raising money for several causes, and this foray into running led to more runs and several half marathons.
In 2008 I noticed that Bramhall parkrun was starting so I decided to try it – it was love at first sight and I continued weekly until 2013 when my local parkrun started at Marple. I now set out the course nearly every week before doing parkrun. I have also visited other parkruns in the UK including Bushy Park!
As the years go on my finishing times have deteriorated somewhat but the friendships and involvement has been a joy to me.
On my 80th birthday I was made a life member of Marple Runners and I hope to continue running in the years to come I consider parkrun as an ideal vehicle for people of all ages to keep fit in a friendly non-competitive environment at minimal expense. My hope is to see parkrun become worldwide in my lifetime.
Thanks to John Bailey and Richard Hemingway for the photos.
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