I heard about parkrun just before I turned 70 and did my first (walk, actually) about 10 days later. At that time, I had not run for around 55 years and had smoked for the first 20 of them. I never saw either of my parents running, ever.
After that initial walk, I was hooked.
I started running as much I could and eventually ran the whole course at Merimbula, my home event, after nearly two and a half years.
I have enjoyed parkrun since that first event and have run in four states and the ACT, five events in London and Elgin in Scotland, a total of 24 events.
I had an unexpected opportunity for a selfie with Paul Sinton-Hewitt at Clapham Common earlier this year and I’m currently running in my recycled T-shirt. I’ll go to the black one when I can add X2 to it.
parkrun has been a great adventure. I love it.
Since our last fortnightly update we have seen more restrictions ease, more people reunited and more borders reopening. In that time we have welcomed 14,000 walkers, runners and volunteers to 63 Australian parkruns in the ACT, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia, with around 150 more events set to reopen over the next two Saturdays….
Deborah Biggs was encouraged to take part in parkrun when the band she plays in staged a ‘parkrun takeover’. Here she tells us how she’s gone from being terrified, to not being able to wait for parkrunday every week. I did my first ever 5k about five years ago, a Race for Life which…