Meet parkrunners Ken & Andrea Leeder from Secunda parkrun.
They have been part of Secunda parkrun since the first run where everyone learned to love Ken’s witty personality & Andrea’s loving nature. They have been married for 33 years & met through a dating agency; as Andrea, 78, said: “he couldn’t dance and that was a big requirement for me” but yet they are still very much in love & happy. As regular hikers they heard about parkrun from a local newspaper & decided to join; even on our coldest, wettest parkrun they were two of only 11 people who arrived & they have been regulars ever since. Ken, 77, even ran through an Achilles injury & improved his time from 45 to 36 minutes. Andrea reached her 100th parkrun on 25 February 2017 & Ken on 1 April 2017. They are a big inspiration to all of us at Secunda parkrun.
Chantel Becker ran her first parkrun on 3 October 2015 at the age of 4 years and 4 months at Sunrise-on-Sea. Her first registered run was at Three Silos on 13 February 2015 and ran her 50th parkrun on 15 April 2017 at the age of 6 years and 10 months.
This little girl never gives up, has run in all weathers with numerous people and even with a broken arm. She has run at 4 different venues. There is always a great big smile for everybody and no matter how she is battling when asked if she is ok I get the answer, “I’m ok Granny”. It has been a privilege to share runs with her.
I am in New Zealand playing hockey in the World Masters Games, and on my way over stopped in Australia to stay with my sister and her family, who live in Newcastle, north of Sydney. While there I ran the Lakeside parkrun (next to Lake Macquarie), and so became an international parkrunner!
I had “Bryanston” printed on the back of my shirt, and so when I ran past their photographer, I asked that she take a picture of my back as well. I am also planning to run (or walk, after 6 games of hockey in 9 days!) one of the Auckland parkruns this week.
Despite the cold winter weather we are amazed to see our parkrun numbers still averaging over 30,000 participants each Saturday. To remind readers this is bigger than any road race in South Africa and unlike these other events we attract these numbers and more 52 times a year. Of course this would not be possible…
Name: Rex Gazzard Age: 66 Occupation: Retired Home parkrun: Golden Harvest Running club: Formerly RAC Trail or Road Running? Road Number of parkruns completed: None – unable Favourite volunteer role: Timekeeper Number of volunteering occasions: 78 officially and at least another 10 unofficially (I wasn’t registered yet) Why should others volunteer at parkrun? Every person…