News - 12th March 2019
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Antarctica adventure

Antartic

When Sofia Kihlman Oiseth, Mary McMillan, and Charlotte Conn go on a holiday or travel for work, they try and find a local parkrun to tourist at. But what happens when you go somewhere that doesn’t have parkrun like, say, to Antarctica?

 

At the end of December, with 79 other women scientists as part of the Homeward Bound leadership program, I knew there was no way I was going to find a local parkrun to drop in to.

 

A bit sad at the idea of no parkrun for three weeks, I rallied the troops and we held our own unofficial “Antarctic parkrun”. Anchored just off the shore of the Antarctic Peninsula, we completed our 5km by speed walking laps of the ship (no running on the ship!), which was quite a challenge when you realize that each lap of the deck is only about 150m. But we did it – and it will forever be the most beautiful parkrun I will do.

 

Surrounded by amazing Antarctic scenery, with icebergs nearby, some penguins swimming by, and even a whale in the distance. It had even snowed quite a bit the night before, so some fresh powdery snow on the deck to walk through. Magical!

 

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