On Saturday Vivienne Singleton (W70-74) completed her 50th parkrun (walk) event. Vivienne has already completed 25 volunteers. This is her story:
Vivienne encouraged to start parkrun in 2014 by her cousin from Melbourne – she said to her cousin “I can’t run anymore” to which her cousin replied, “parkrun wasn’t only for runners, you can walk in it”. So Vivienne headed out to Tuggeranong parkrun, the only one in Canberra at the time.
Vivienne completed 3 events but felt she was too slow she was the last to finish and felt she was holding everyone up, despite the volunteers’ encouragement she stopped going.
At the time she was overweight and had been diagnosed with coronary heart disease. She struggled with her breathing.
A few months later, Vivienne’s cousin rang her and told her about another parkrun commencing close to where she lives. He encouraged her to give parkrun another go and so she came to Burley Griffin parkrun. Vivienne went once and despite being the last to finish was determined to improve “I worked hard on losing weight (20kgs+), my breathing was getting better and I was starting to walk faster”. Her goal was not to be the last to finish.
Vivienne’s walking time has gone from 59 mins to 47 mins.
Vivienne has also volunteered 25 times at Burley Griffin. “I like volunteering it has helped me to keep going to parkrun and I have met some new people through volunteering and now when they see me on the track they always call out HI VIV you are doing well!”
Viv says – “I have found parkrun people very friendly and helpful which makes you feel a part of it, it’s like a family. When I first started at parkrun I didn’t think that I would last this long, it was hard at the start. I am so pleased I tried parkrun again as it has helped me to take the weight off and now I look forward to my Saturday mornings”.
Burley Griffin parkrun
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