This weekend Eldred celebrated his 50th parkrun at Taman Pudu Ulu. He shares his parkrun journey with us and reveals how parkrun is like a ‘family’ to him…
Whilst at university in the UK, Eldred was introduced to parkrun in 2013, through the University of Kent’s cross country running club. Whitstable parkrun is located in a small Kent village, and the course travels along the promenade, overlooking lovely sea views. Upon returning to Malaysia, Eldred made enquiries about whether there were any plans for a parkrun in Malaysia and was told that limited resources, at that time, made this unlikely.
Roll on 2018 and Eldred has been able to attend parkrun once more, enjoying both Taman Pudu Ulu and Presint 18, Putrajaya parkruns, while managing to chip away at his 5km times in the process. In addition, life has changed for Eldred and his wife, Alice, as they have welcomed a baby daughter to their family – our first Malaysian parkrun baby!
“parkrun feels like a family, not a race (though it could be that as well). Giving and taking is what it is really about. Sometimes you run fast, sometimes you stay behind supporting and cheering other runners/walkers.
Since I’ve had my daughter, parkrun has become more important as it is impossible for me to train for longer-distance running events. 5k is the ideal distance for me to keep up my physical well-being, in fact, I have been feeling better than before. Most regulars know me, my wife and my daughter. Indeed my wife has run/walked many parkruns even when she was pregnant.”
Eldred has been very supportive of newcomers to parkrun, saying: “Whether you are a couch potato (try the couch to 5k program) or an avid runner, parkrun has something for you. Most importantly enjoy the run and stay worry free.’’
We wish Eldred well with his parkrun goals for 2020. His aim is to break his UK parkrun best time in Malaysia. Go Eldred Go!
In 2020, why not make it a resolution to introduce a friend to parkrun? Gan Leong Huat, shares his parkrun story…. Malaysian, Gan Leong Huat, enjoys running to keep healthy. Knowing Gan’s enthusiasm for running, his Singaporean friend told him about parkrun and this led to Gan joining for the first time in May…