Lisa Dowling started parkrun in January 2018. Now a regular runner with the visually impaired community at Brickfields parkrun, she tells us her story.
I was born with a visual impairment and in my younger years I was very involved with sports and very independent.
When I was in my twenties I had several surgeries and had to stop physical exercise.
In recent years I was trying to find something to get involved in where I would get some help to navigate around.
A friend had told me about parkrun in her area and I heard it was starting in Brickfields park.
I got in touch with the team and they were so kind and welcoming. I walked for a few weeks and then one of the trained guide volunteers asked would I like to run and she would guide me.
Thanks to her I got back my love of running.
I have met so many friends and want to thank all the wonderful volunteers.
During the year I have gone on to do lots of other registered runs.
On July 13th 2019 four of us finished our 50th parkrun together. It was a lovely morning and they had balloons and cake to celebrate.
I would like to say a big thank you to parkrun. To all the volunteers who make it possible for me to run, thanks so much. I enjoy all the chats and I am delighted that I feel so healthy.
Susan, Gerard and Amy, are regulars at parkrun. Gerard and Amy both have autism, Susan tells us how the routine of parkrun makes them feel so good. It was a miserable, wet and windy parkrun morning in November, but we got up as eager as ever, running clothes laid out the night before. …
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