You could be forgiven for thinking that the folk at parkrun were playing an April Fool’s Day joke:
On Saturday 1 April at Richmond Olympic parkrun in Canada, Australian Allen Bromley became only the second known person to complete 2 parkruns on the same day by crossing the International Date Line – joining an incredibly elite club of parkrun Time Travelers.
The challenge was laid down by Paul Durbin on March 18th in Auckland and San Francisco; in this article, author Colin Phillips speculates on the other trans-Pacific parkrun combinations that could achieve the same feat.
It took Allen a mere 2 weeks to respond. On Saturday 1 April, he completed South Bank parkrun in Brisbane, which to beat the Queensland summer heat, kicks off at 7am. The 17km drive to Brisbane Airport from the finish line takes around 20 minutes, giving Allen only just enough time to join his family and catch the 10.40am Air Canada flight direct to Vancouver.
The Bromleys landed in Canada at around 6.30am on Saturday 1 April. Allen was feeling confident that he could make the 9am start time at Richmond Olympic parkrun – until the pilot announced that the plane that was supposed to be vacating their arrival gate was experiencing mechanical problems, and no-one could go anywhere until the gate was available!
Fortunately, this hiccup was swiftly resolved, and the Bromleys even had time for a quick pitstop at Tim Horton’s to change into their sportswear before taking their places on the startline. Both Allen’s wife Sylvia and daughter Lily completed Richmond Olympic parkrun with him, although only Allen completed South Bank as well.
He found things a little different this side of the Pacific. Of his Canadian experience, Allen said ‘we had a great run dodging puddles and your huge geese! Thanks for making us feel so welcome at your parkrun’
And as if running 5km after an overnight red-eye and dodging wildlife wasn’t tiring enough, Allen knocked well over 5 minutes off his time on parkrun #2 of the day. We’re not sure what Air Canada fed you, Allen, but we’d like some too, please!
After joining our runners and volunteers for a post-run coffee, the family headed straight up to Whistler to hit the slopes. We’d like to wish them a very happy vacation, and as the planet’s most Westerly parkrun, we’re honoured to have helped Allen achieve this incredible milestone!
Event Director – Richmond Olympic parkrun
Ahead of Whistler parkrun’s first event of the year after the winter break, we hear from Event Director Mel Whitley about her passion for parkrun. I started a new job recently and they asked us for our “passion” to place on our name badges, I guess as a talking point for clients and colleagues….
Cette semaine, Mel Whitley, Directrice de l’Evénement de parkrun à Whistler, nous a parlé de sa passion pour le parkrun. J’ai récemment commencé un nouveau boulot et ils nous ont demandé d’écrire notre “passion” sur notre étiquette de nom, probablement comme sujet de discussion pour les clients et les collègues. J’aurais pu écrire « manger…