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AdamKisiel
Read more › News - 15th August 2021

Becoming part of the parkrun lifestyle

My name is Adam Kisiel, I am a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Australian Navy. I am an electronic technician currently posted to HMAS Warramunga in Western Australia. I have been in the Navy 24 years, I am 42 years old and I have had numerous postings around Australia and seagoing vessels. I have…

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Read more › News - 30th June 2021

Extending our support network

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…

miriam Strickland
Read more › News - 29th June 2021

A place for everyone

Hi, I’m Miriam from Phillip Island parkrun in Victoria. I come from a military family – during World War II my father trained with paratroopers and my uncle was a ‘Rat of Tobruk’. They never spoke about their service, and I remember talking to people my father trained with who were still traumatised by their…

Liz
Read more › News - 6th June 2021

Helping me to belong

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,…

ErinRhodes
Read more › News - 2nd June 2021

Finding my tribe

My name is Erin (I’m on the right!) and I’m just your average defence wife who is a mum of two kids. I got fed up with being depressed and started to make changes. These changes built up my confidence, helped me make new friends, and try things I thought I could never do.  …

craig rachow
Read more › News - 31st May 2021

Skills and mates for life

My name is Craig and I am the volunteer Event Director of Darwin parkrun and a member of the Australian Army Reserves. As someone who was born and bred in Darwin and loves to be active and helpful in my community, parkrun and the Reserves tick both boxes!   My parkrun journey started when a…

TonySmith
Read more › News - 27th May 2021

A ready-made circle of friends – from every walk of life

I left school at the age of 17 and joined the British Army where I spent 24 years. I was deployed operationally quite a few times and then when I left service I moved to Australia with my wife and son. We had never even been to Western Australia but 10 years later it’s where…

BenHarris
Read more › News - 25th May 2021

Filling a void in my life

My name is Ben, but I was known as ‘Harry’ in the Australian Regular Army. I served nine years as an army mechanic. I served in many places including Afghanistan in 2005/2006 as part of the Special Operation Task Group 001.   My wife was on a mission to get fit and strong but I…

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Read more › News - 24th May 2021

From being paid to run to running for fun

My name is Steven Sims and I joined the Army when I was 19. So, several years later when my wife suggested we start doing parkrun as a bit of fun, the idea of running and not being paid to do it didn’t sound all that fun to me! At that time we were living…

Mary and Roxy
Read more › News - 20th April 2021

Mary and Roxy heal through volunteering

When Mary comes to parkrun, she’s always got her assistance dog Roxy by her side.   The Australian Army veteran and self-confessed “adrenaline junkie” started parkrun in February 2018 with Roxy, after she was medically discharged from the military due to a broken neck and PTSD.   Mary left her home state of Tasmania at…

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