This week we take inspiration from Yan, co-Event Director at Presint 18, Putrajaya parkrun. Yan is a busy, working mother of four children who finds running a welcome opportunity to escape from the stresses of everyday life.
Yan’s parkrun journey
Yan discovered the parkrun concept on a trip to the UK with her husband in 2017. “I was looking for a local experience and came across parkrun.”
Despite registering, circumstances beyond her control meant she couldn’t take part in the UK. Roll on the following year, when Yan discovered that Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun had arrived in Malaysia. “Without hesitation, I signed up to volunteer. I was warmly welcomed but people were surprised to realise I came all the way from Putrajaya. My first assignment was to distribute the finish tokens and it was very easy with all the help and guidance from other volunteers. I quickly made new friends. What fascinated me about parkrun was how a free running event could be held every single week with the support of the local community. I started to picture it happening in a park in Putrajaya …..”
Indeed, Yan and her team managed to launch Presint 18 parkrun, Putrajaya within the next six months.
Yan’s favourite things about parkrun
“Being a slow runner gives me the added advantage that I can understand those who want to participate but are nervous of being the last finisher. I love that parkrun caters for all abilities, the fact that parkrun is a global community, and that it’s free!”
Volunteering at parkrun has given me great satisfaction and created wonderful friendships. It’s hard to believe we didn’t know some of these people only a year ago.”
If you are wondering how Yan fits parkrun into her already busy life she says: “There is no such thing as ‘do everything all by yourself’. I believe the key is being passionate about what you love, together with the strong support of the people around you. I am so grateful for all the friends I have made at parkrun and the endless encouragement from them, my husband and my family.
As a family, we are living a healthier lifestyle and we have made friends with other running families. I love to see the competition developing between my husband and my eldest son. My five-year-old thinks parkrun is my job!”
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