News - 9th March 2020

Once you start parkrun you won’t look back

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Diane Sinclair was unhappy in her job when she discovered on social media that Seacliff Esplanade parkrun in South Australia was about to launch. As someone who works every Saturday, Diane saw an opportunity to enjoy being active outside for a short while before her six hour shift in a retail shop.

 

My name is Diane Sinclair and I am 63 years young. I saw on Facebook that a parkrun was starting up locally and felt it was a way to get motivated about my fitness and work towards achieving something.

 

parkrun gave me something to look forward to each week before work. I had checked the parkrun website and it explained that it wasn’t a race and was inclusive for all fitness levels, ages and abilities. I quickly found likeminded friends who encouraged me and we had fun on the course by chasing each other down or giving high fives and words of encouragement. Even just a nod made me feel welcome.

 

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parkrun has encouraged us to participate in a few longer runs, such as entering a run over Easter in 2019 and running in the rain laughing about the irony of it all. We also entered a 10km run that was in summer and so hot we were up at 4am to attend at 6am. Our fitness levels and social life have improved to the point that we now enjoy a healthy and happy lifestyle.

 

For the females out there who are a little uncertain about coming along, the community parkrun creates is friendly, supportive and encouraging. There is no competition and each walk or run at parkrun is your own.

 

It’s up to you what you put into it, whether it’s just to enjoy the sun or fresh air or to meet new people. I can guarantee it is a great stress reliever. I have recently encouraged a young friend of mine to join us. She is now a regular parkrunner and every week has a smile on her face when she crosses the finish line. I also enjoy volunteering and being part of this community that has encouraged and supported me.

 

I now have a better job and can parkrun every week wherever I am.

 

Once you start parkrun you won’t look back.

 

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Diane Sinclair

 

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