My initial parkrun was my first run for a few decades and I figured that if I was going to do any running I might as well conquer a tough course to start.
On 6 May 2017 I lined up at Nambour parkrun with my wife and a few other newbies. Ordinary sneakers and knocking knees but made to feel very welcome.
What an amazing venue with lovely trails and wildlife. The run was amazing and I was over halfway through the course before I felt any pain. The last kilometre was getting easier and once finished I started looking for my wife who was a little slower than I.
News spread through the finishers of the tumble somebody had taken and the volunteers were waiting for an ambulance. Fortunately it was not my beloved who needed assistance but the careful attention being given to all runners was comforting.
I completed my first 50 runs in 13 months and decided I could do better if I set a goal for my running. With a few volunteer roles along the way, I notched up runs while I volunteered to do briefing for first-timers and a few tail walks.
Thank goodness for the specials of Christmas and New year as they helped me to achieve 100 runs in exactly 2 years. On 14 March 2020, I ran my 150th parkrun in 150 weeks and felt so happy that I had achieved another milestone. I was so elated that the news of parkrun being shut down due to Covid didn’t concern me too much.
Lots of (not)parkruns since and this 72-year-old is looking forward to new challenges from parkrun and the hope of running Nambour in under 30 minutes.
Trevor A Rubie
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