Love love love parkrun! I’m a huge advocate and always encouraging people to give it a go, as it’s for all ages and abilities. It ticks all the boxes: physical and mental health and friendship.
Like most parkrunners, whenever I travel I try to incorporate a local parkrun and always keen to try as many as I can in my local state of WA. My favourite parkruns are regional events, Portarlington in Victoria being one I really enjoy.
I cycle most Saturdays with Stadium Triathlon Club, so just have to sneak them in on the triathlon off-season and occasionally over the training season. I’m heading towards that black 100 tshirt now.
So when Stadium Triathlon Club Head Coach, Arron Robertson, incorporates a parkrun into our Saturday ride, it’s yippee from me! We cycle a fast 32kms with a couple of huffy puffy inclines, then don our runners for Applecross parkrun.
On the last occasion (pic above), this was Coach Robbo’s report:. “Great turnout this morning from the club, and our members again dominating the Applecross parkrun. 1st, 2nd, 1st female, top 10s, sub 20s and overall great times!! Fantastic morning.”
To add to this, Coach James Lewin (who ran a 17:02 parkrun off the bike) was joined at parkrun by 5 of his family members to participate. This included his 70-year-old father, David Lewin, who ran in the vicinity of 2:40 hour marathons in his day.
We have a variety of ages, abilities and occupations in our club. On this day, a cyclist had fallen off their bike parallel to parkrun event about 2km down from the start line. St Johns Volunteer, Renee Klein, was one of the parkrunners that stopped during the event to assist and later still completed her parkrun through the finish line. Great team spirit.
We then jumped back on our bikes, cycled another 30km, ran another 2 km off the bike and finished with a well earned coffee and breakfast. Great training. There’s another parkrun scheduled into our Saturday cycle soon, can’t wait.
I’m so happy to have parkrun in my world!
My name is Christine and I ran/walked my first parkrun in 2017 in the early days of Bundaberg parkrun. After I had my two children I found it really tough getting back into anything that fitted into the ‘mum routine’. Lack of activity and just general social involvement was starting to impact on my…
My name is Rachel and I live in Western Australia. I started running in early 2012, at the age of 43, as it seemed like a good activity to assist with weight loss. As someone with severe hearing loss, it can be quite daunting joining in community events, especially organised things that you haven’t…