My family and I do parkrun most weeks, we usually run (or volunteer) at Gardiners Creek in Melbourne but we have visited other parkruns in Melbourne and have also done our fair share of “touristing” parkruns when on holidays.
For us as a family parkrun has brought many new connections and friendly faces into our lives as well as cemented some friendships, and made work colleagues into more than that. One of our best re-connections happened at one of our tourist parkruns – in Darwin. We were visiting Darwin for a little over a week from Melbourne and couldn’t wait to experience parkrun there.
I was waiting for it to start with my husband and my daughters when I saw an old school friend walk by… to do parkrun! We had last seen each other when we both lived in Perth for a while about 18 years ago.
We were thrilled and ended up spending the afternoon together with our families. Her 2 boys and my 2 girls are all the same age.
That day was only about her 6th parkrun and she wasn’t planning on doing it… but something compelled her to… confirmation that parkrun can bring people together and that good things happen at parkrun. My family is back in Darwin now for a few months to enjoy the sun, spend more time together and do some more parkruns…
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I just completed my first parkrun. Though I am able-bodied, I am awaiting a total knee replacement surgery and have played wheelchair Rugby League for a number of years. I asked my local parkrun if I could do it in my chair and they were happy to have me join, which I did last…