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News - 6th June 2021

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.



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