I would like to say a special, big thank you to all the volunteers who were out at last Saturday’s West Beach parkrun.
After coming out to watch a parkrun with my sisters, their partners and all their kids mid last year, my 66-year-old mum had originally said that she would never be fit enough to be able to walk 5km and participate in parkrun. She has never liked exercise and could never understand why my sisters and I would compare our parkrun times and brave the cold to go for such a ‘long’ run on a Saturday morning!
After a health scare late last year, my mum has had a complete change in attitude and has started aqua-aerobics and managed to lose 15kg! Last Saturday she finally had the courage to give parkrun a try and my sister and I walked with her, expecting that she would give up and not be able to complete the course.
Much to our surprise, she completed the whole 5km! We were very impressed (and surprised!) and were very appreciative of the support of the tail walkers who always kept a respectful distance from us and never once hurried her along. When mum crossed the finish line, she was greeted with such friendly and supportive volunteers who all made her feel proud and not one complained about the fact that they had to wait around for us to finish!
I really appreciate all the support every volunteer gave us, especially the kind volunteer who offered to take a photo of us to remember the occasion!
Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers that made our morning so special!
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