Forest Lake parkrun in Queensland is fortunate to have two supportive volunteers who love volunteering each week and cheering on all the walkers and runners.
Craig Johnson and his faithful sidekick Ruby are there rain or shine to scan barcodes and give a “well done” to everyone who completes the beautiful shady course. He’s been a regular volunteer in his mobility scooter for the past year and gets enormous pleasure from seeing others achieve their fitness goals.
Our Event Director Shirley had a neighbour, Carole Elliott, whom she got to know whilst living next door to each other for 2 years. One day the conversation got around to what parkrun was all about. Carole loved the idea and asked if she could be involved in some way. That was 3 years ago.
Carol now volunteers as a Marshall every week at a spot we call ‘ 3ways’. Her dog Archie is always with her and they are well known by everyone, giving a cheery “well done” as our participants make their way up a particularly sneaking little hill towards her.
She celebrated her 80th birthday a few weeks ago and moved house about a year ago but still drives 20km every Saturday morning to join us each week. We will be marking her 100th volunteer on June 19th with a special event so we call all thank her!
Craig and Ruby
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As the gaze of the sporting world falls onto the Tokyo Olympics, regular parkrunner Judy Pollock will be taking a keener interest than most. At the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Judy won a bronze medal in the 400 metres, the first of her three Olympic Games. Between 1965 and 1967, she set world…