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Read more › News - 26th November 2019

Bernie and Jack

Two important figures at Pakenham parkrun are Bernie and Jack. Finding an easy and accessible way to stay connected with their community, while staying active into their seventies.   Bernie Ollerenshaw used to walk on his own near where he lived, around and about Garfield, Tynong and Bunyip in Victoria. Having been motivated to take…

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Read more › News - 19th November 2019

Octogenarian Meet-up at Rhodes

Proving age is just a number, 21 over 80-year-old parkrunners visited Rhodes parkrun as they hosted its first-ever Octogenarian meet-up.   The event team were inspired by two regular Rhodes parkrunners, Marion Griffith and Peter Nash, and upon seeing a similar event in the UK, decided it was something they needed to do. With the plan…

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Read more › News, Press - 6th November 2019

Celebrity Bev

We don’t have many celebrities at parkrun but Bev Vallance from Rosebud parkrun is making a case to be our most widely recognised parkrunner.   Bev has recently starred in a TV commercial from our friends at Medibank and is learning to manage her newfound fame. It’s a long way from when she first started…

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Read more › News, Press - 1st October 2019

parkrun offers wholehearted welcome to walkers

parkrun Australia and Heart Foundation Walking have teamed up to mark Active Ageing Week by encouraging more walkers to join in at their free local parkrun event.    Active Ageing Week, which runs from 1-7 October, aims to give as many older adults as possible the means to experience wellness activities in a safe and…

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Read more › Awards, Feedback, News, Press - 10th July 2019

Record-breaking parkrun for the Octogenarians!

It was the third annual Octogenarian get-together at Bushy parkrun in the UK on Saturday 6 July, with a record number of 48 men and women aged over 80 taking part!   parkrunning Octogenarian Richard Pitcairn-Knowles was one of them, completing his 350th parkrun, and he tells us more about the special day.   With…

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Read more › News - 4th June 2019

If you can’t beat them, join them

Gerry Lovett used to regularly walk the popular Diamond Creek parkrun trail on a Saturday morning and get a bit grumpy when the hundreds of runners started coming towards him.   He mentioned this to a friend, who happened to be a regular Diamond Creek parkrunner, who told Gerry to stop whinging, and join in….

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Read more › News - 12th March 2019

Running up the hill I used to walk up

You are getting older, and there are things you can do and things you can’t do — or at least things you can no longer do as well as you once could.   Hills become a problem and you feel the burn in your legs and have difficulty getting your breath walking to the top…

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Read more › News - 28th February 2019

100 parkruns at 81

Trevor Dickson from Shellharbour parkrun competed his 100th parkrun on his 81st birthday. Trevor explains why parkrun is a great social outing that keeps the limbs moving, the circulation flowing and the lungs working!   Apart from participating in a few fun runs with my three kids as they grew up, I was never a…

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