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.
I am delighted and proud to announce that at the prestigious Sports Industry awards function last Thursday night, parkrun won the trophy for the best “participation event”. This is a singular honour and parkrun beat some very worthy nominees for the award. At the black tie function Gill and I received the award on stage…
Sunday 4 June will see up to 20,000 runners toe the starting line in Durban for the 92nd Comrades Marathon. Among them are many whose running journey started with parkrun. Here we take a look at some of their stories: The running bug bit in 2015 after colleagues dragged me into their…