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From ‘baby haze’ to three generations of female parkrunners: Vanessa’s story

34-year-old Queenslander Vanessa Gibson describes herself as being in a ‘baby haze’ for quite a while after the birth of her second child. Having heard about the concept of parkrun and thinking it would be some fantastic ‘me time’ she was disappointed to discover there were no parkruns in her neighbourhood. Vanessa’s reaction was simple:…

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10 reason to try your first parkrun

parkrun has grown from one event in a park to a global movement of millions of people walking, jogging, running and volunteering across 21 countries.   But parkrun is so much more than a walk, jog or run in a park!   If you or someone you know is yet to come along for the first time,…

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Building the confidence to believe

It was April 2015. 24-year-old Yvonne Tse had spent a year trying to get fit via a couch-to-5km program but to no avail, so she reluctantly joined her friend Olivia at parkrun. Yvonne explains how she caught the parkrun bug during the final kilometre of her very first parkrun.   I was very reluctant to…

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From knowing nobody to having lots of friends

31-year-old Kirsty Baker from Gatton parkrun in Queensland has been parkrunning regularly for more than two years. Kirsty explains how she overcame her nerves to start parkrun and reassures any first-timers that your wardrobe should never be a barrier to parkrun!   I first joined my local parkrun when I was 29 because I wanted to…

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A great family event

42-year-old Kate Banaszek wanted to join in at Highfields parkrun in Queensland to be more physically active and a role model for her daughters, but she had never run in public before. Kate explains how she overcame her fears and changed her life.   I had heard about parkrun being a very friendly, free event…

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Joy with each success

After turning 60 I refused to age gracefully and took up the challenge of Port Broughton parkrun on the Yorke Peninusla in South Australia. It offered an easy test of one’s self over a 5km course – walk, jog or run at a pace of my choosing.   I was surprised how nervous I was…

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Prioritise something for yourself

Hello, my name is Joyce and I am 29. I joined parkrun after two new people started in my worplace – they were from South Africa and they told me how big it is in South Africa and how cool it is to have your results recorded online so you can see how you improve….

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Discovering somewhere I belong

54-year-old Cathy had a sea change from a small country town to Bunbury on the West Australian south coast. Not knowing anyone, Cathy wanted somewhere to meet likeminded people and as it turned out, Bunbury parkrun was perfect for this self confessed ‘non-runner’…   Nine years ago I moved from a small country town to Bunbury and…

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From the sideline to the start line

Michelle Lockley from Hobart in Tasmania had never run until her mid forties. She took her two teenagers to parkrun and supported from the sidelines for nine months, until she decided to join in herself. Michelle has since progressed from walking, to running, to volunteering as a Run Director. parkrun is now a family affair…

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The best outfit is the one you feel most comfortable in

66-year-old Alison Campbell lives in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills, which meant the prospect of  walking or running 5km was somewhat unappealing! After some gentle persuading from her younger sister however, Alison went to parkrun in 2018 to get herself ‘off the couch’ and she’s been walking 5km every days since.    In November 2018 I was something of…

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