My husband Jeremy and I are both full-time officers in the Royal Australian Air Force, myself having served for 15 years and Jeremy 23 years. We have a four-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter.
We first heard of parkrun when we were posted to Canberra in 2017 when our son was just eight months old. We have never looked back, clocking up more than 100 parkruns, volunteering on 20 occasions and looking forward to it every week.
We are now posted to South Australia. The last time I was here I didn’t know anyone outside of my work and their families, but because of parkrun, I have met so many new friends and their families in the local area. We have been able to extend our support network, which is particularly great as we do not have any family here. Mawson Lakes is our nearest parkrun, although we are attempting to visit every parkrun in the state!
Doing parkrun each week has helped keep me accountable with my health and fitness. I have also encouraged lots of people from the RAAF to give it a try – even dragging them along when we are deployed for work when we can!
parkrun is an activity my whole family looks forward to doing every week. I have recently taken my mum who is 71 on her first two park(walks) and she loves it too. She even ended up walking a volunteer’s dog who she met on the day a few weeks ago at Nuriootpa parkrun – this is what we love about the parkrun community.
So far I have completed 43 different parkruns in six states and territories, including Kangaroo Island and Australia’s first parkrun at Main Beach on the Gold Coast. I am looking forward to trying the new S.S. Koopa Trail parkrun at Bribie Island where my parents in law have recently retired to.
Last year myself and a few local Mawson Lakes parkrun Air Force members thought it would be a cool idea to do a volunteer takeover on ANZAC Day – where we would undertake the volunteer roles – but unfortunately due to COVID-19 it was cancelled. We tried again this year on 24 April and we had a great time! This is definitely something I would like to keep doing as it was a great way to meet other Air Force members, their families and to engage with the local community.
With the Tokyo Olympics starting this week, we revisit Sarah Barnes’ story of discovering parkrun in the UK and how that guided her to bring parkrun to her new home at Miyazaki. I remember my mum telling me about parkrun back in December 2014. She’d heard about it on Radio 4. Neither of us were…
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…