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.
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