Dinton Pastures parkrun is a new addition to the parkrun family in Hurst, Wokingham, in the county of Berkshire.
Paul Mackenzie and the core team tell us more…
Lee, Core Team Member: I love parkrun because of what it stands for! “It’s not a race it’s a run” and it’s gives people of all abilities the opportunity to run a set distance regularly for free.
So when the chance came about to get involved in a new event local to home I just had to get involved, so I could give something back to the sport I am passionate about.
Anna, Core Team Member: I love parkrun because it’s for everyone! No matter what your abilities are, you’re welcome to it. Any parkrun I have ever been to felt like I’m surrounded by family and I’ve made new friends through parkrun.
It’s always been a dream of mine to be part of a parkrun that I directly contribute to make and make possible to happen. When my friend, Luke – who I unsurprisingly became friends with through running – told me about the opportunity it wasn’t a question if I’d do it.
Our course consists of two mainly different, mainly flat, anti-clockwise laps around the lakes on compacted stony paths.
Dog, buggy and wheelchair friendly in summer (though watch out on the small down hill section) although it gets muddy in the winter so remember your trail shoes!
Black Swan Lake is the main lake you walk, jog or run around on the west side on lap two. It’s simply beautiful.
Our event is one of only two D’s in the South East outside of the M25, it’s easily accessible by train (2k from Winnersh station), and we are also blessed with the Dragonfly Café, great for breakfasts, cake and coffee.
An interesting fact about our event is that in the winter it will be possible to run a version of the course that Reading parkrun used to use when their course was flooded.
This will make it one of the very few places where you could run a course twice and it appear as two different parkruns in the results!
In January 2016 one of our regulars, Becks Brooks, couldn’t run for a bus. She’d been put off running as a child and would be the first to admit she had a pretty sedentary lifestyle.
But she showed brilliant determination and followed a couch to 5k plan (carefully cut out of a magazine) and steadily built up by run / walking until the distance was manageable. She was somehow persuaded that parkrun was for everyone, not just super-fast runners, and made her debut in April 2016. Her life was never the same again!
She absolutely loved the sense of camaraderie and has barely missed a week since. Her 50th fell on her birthday last year and was a brilliant celebration of everything she’s achieved. She’s made countless friends including her partner who she met at Bracknell parkrun, and they now run together every week and volunteer when they can.
Becks recently ran her 100th parkrun and it was another celebration of how someone, who thought they didn’t ‘do running’ had their life transformed by parkrun!
This article first appeared in the Journal of Holistic Healthcare and the British Holistic Medical Association (BHMA) has kindly allowed it to be reproduced here. My name is Dr Simon Tobin and I’ve been an NHS GP and trainer in Southport for 25 years. I am also one of parkrun’s volunteer Health and Wellbeing Ambassadors. My…
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