Anna Reid was so delighted to be mentioned in the Hagley Run Report about her sterling effort in achieving her 100th run and a PB that shat she wrote this lovely article below about her parkrun journey. We are so thrilled to hear stories like Anna’s which embody the parkun spirit.
Thank you so much for sharing this with the wider parkrun family Anna.
I am a parkrunner.
My name is Anna Reid and I was born in April 1942.
Today I ran my 100th parkrun and did a P.B. of 31.18 minutes.
I was introduced to parkrun in July 2016. I was staying with my son, in Shepparton, Australia and I went along to give him support. I decided to walk the 5 km. but along the way I decided I could try a bit of jogging. I had not done any running since I was in my 30’s. So dressed in jeans and court shoes I started my first parkrun. The next week I did my first official parkrun and it took me 41.55 minutes. It was a walk / jog effort.
When I returned back to NZ I went to the Hagley parkrun in Christchurch. The location is beautiful and the atmosphere great. I gave myself a running /walking goal until I could run the whole way. This took me 10 weeks.
My husband Colin supports my running. Each Saturday morning he walks to the 2km mark and lets me know my time. The other runners recognize him now and give him a wave or smile as they pass. This means a lot to him.
At present I hold the record in Shepparton and Hagley parkrun for the 75 – 79 year women age group. This sounds great but I am the only woman running in this age group. I feel fortunate that I can run but I feel more women of my age should be walking/running the parkrun. I think a lot of this is due to my generation’s attitude and I would like to see it change
Please encourage your parents to join you on a Saturday morning. I feel lucky I can participate but I am sure there are a lot more in my age group who could be enjoying the parkrun.
Thank you to the parkrun volunteers and sponsors. It is an amazing organization and it is because of the support they and the other runners give that I am still running.
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