I was introduced to parkrun by my ex-partner and started going along to Albert parkrun in Melbourne. At first, I was embarrassed as I was not a runner and was always afraid I would come last. I usually wandered off and went on my own walk and then met up for coffee afterwards.
I did my first official parkrun a few days before my 60th birthday, walking with the tail walker. Since then I have become totally addicted having now completed over 200 parkruns at 68 different locations and 50 volunteers.
I love travelling and all holidays revolve around parkrun locations. Next year I will celebrate my 250 milestone and a trip to the UK to the birthplace of parkrun, Bushy Park.
My advice to anyone contemplating coming to parkrun, don’t waste time like I did, just come!
Saturday saw the long-awaited return of parkrun New Zealand, the first parkrun events back after an extended global lockdown, and a return, in that part of the world at least, to pre-Coronavirus routines. Since the earliest days of this challenge we had prioritised the work required to ensure a smooth return to action when the…
The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them. This week it’s the US! Having recently celebrated eight years since the first event took place, here is the story of parkrun USA… The parkrun culture is communal, supportive,…