My name is Liz and I am ex-Royal Air Force. I served all over the UK as well as on overseas postings.
I got involved in parkrun when I moved to Australia and realised I was losing my fitness pretty rapidly after leaving the service. Having moved from abroad and knowing absolutely no one here, parkrun has helped me to feel as though I belong here now. I started parkrunning at Lake Joondalup parkrun but can be found at Quinns Rocks parkrun, just north of Perth in Western Australia.
I work full time and don’t always have Saturdays free, but when I do my kids often come with me and we run or volunteer together. There are very few that are actually me running on my own! We are always there for the briefing and to cheer on the first timers, milestones and visiting parkrunners.
parkrun is a fantastic welcoming community, something that can be missing when you leave the forces. Leaving that ready made family can be hard to used to, especially the fact that people aren’t all in the same boat as you any more.
I would say to any Veteran to get down to parkrun and have a run and volunteer – volunteering is probably the quickest way to get to meet your fellow parkrunners. And make sure to stay for a coffee afterwards!
parkrun gives me an opportunity to improve my run times (I know it’s not a race, but I always push a little bit harder in company!) and it shows my kids how important physical activity is.
parkrun has certainly helped me meet people in my local area, connect with other runners and make lifelong friends.
We took another big step forward last Saturday as 5k events returned in Denmark, the ninth country to see events restart post-COVID, plus we welcomed back junior parkrun events in Scotland. In total nearly 60,000 people took part in 775 events around the world last weekend, including nearly 2,500 for the very first time….
With the restart of 72 events in Poland, last weekend saw the most parkrun events take place globally since the pandemic began last March. Nearly 66,000 individuals participated at one of 768 events across eight countries. Every event that restarts represents a huge step forward and should give all of us great reassurance and…