Sara Evans has just relocated from the other side of the world. At a time of change, upheaval and new beginnings, Sara tells us how important parkrun has been, and will be, as she sets up her new life in New Zealand.
I started running in 2016; I had just qualified as a midwife, was extremely overweight and very unfit. I decided things had to change, especially as I was giving health advice to women and I wasn’t exactly a prime specimen myself.
At my last Penallta parkrun before departing, I was given the honour of being the Tail Walker, my favourite volunteer role!
I’ve just emigrated from the UK to New Zealand. Although I have family here, I was terrified of being alone in a new county. My family aren’t joining me for a few months so life is pretty lonely.
Before I left, I contacted Invercargill parkrun to ask about volunteering on my first weekend in the country. In true parkrun style, the hand of friendship was offered without hesitation.
On Saturday 31 August I turned up, very nervously, to Queens Park. I shouldn’t have been worried. Just over an hour later, I was sitting in the Cheeky Llama drinking a coffee and surrounded by new friends.
I cannot wait for Saturday to come around again.
Linda Compton was approaching her fifties when she decided to come along to her first parkrun. Linda explains how she went from being THAT kid at school who hated running, to the verge of joining the parkrun 50 club. I first came to parkrun because, while I had already lost quite a bit…
Wilson is a five-year-old Jack Russell terrier who is CRAZY about parkrun! He runs in Tauranga weekly and has done nine runs so far. When he hears the start horn he goes absolutely goes for it! He wants to get to the front and get a good time. So far his PB is 25:33,…