I’m a late starting, accidental, athlete from Merimbula on the far south coast of NSW. My first parkrun, at 70, was the first time I had run in around 55 years. However, it only took that first walk to get me hooked and another two and a half years to run the whole distance.
I have made a bit of a thing of parkrun tourism, including the odd launch and anniversary, although the latter were generally by chance apart from my home event. This has taken me as far south as Hobart and north to Elgin in Scotland (unless you let me claim 5km on a treadmill on a parkrunday at sea heading for the Bleik Canyon off Norway).
Having family in London has led me to five events there including Bushy Park and Clapham Common where the attached selfie was taken at their first anniversary. I hadn’t realised that it was an anniversary until it was announced in the pre run briefing. Recognising Paul and getting the selfie are really my favourite parkrun story.
Currently I have logged 171 parkruns at 25 events in Australia and UK and was on target to do my first 250 in the 70-74 age group. COVID-19 put a stop to that. However, if I include all my Freedom runs, I’m already well past the 250 – I’ll just have to wait longer for the shirt. I hope to run in New Zealand and may even go a little further south over there and I’d love to do an event in Japan as well if I ever get to ski there again.
This week’s announcement by the NSW Government that participation limits for outdoor community sport will be increasing from 500 to 3000 people means that the 93 parkruns in New South Wales will begin reopening from 19 December under parkrun’s COVID-19 Framework. Over the past few months, our parkrun Asia Pacific team has supported 270…
Like many others, Michelle Lamb from Charleys Creeks parkrun has had a year of ups and downs. At the beginning of the year, Michelle set a goal of running faster and further than she ever had in a year. She was walking and running most days, coming to parkrun, volunteering and taking part in the…