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.
In our four-part training series, we’ll be introducing some of the training methods you can use to help you improve your running and your parkrun PB, whilst showing how a couple of tweaks to your mid-week training could help you become a more confident runner, whatever your aspirations! In this instalment, we’re discussing Strength and Conditioning….
Ngaio Kerr was visiting family in New Zealand, which meant the opportunity for some parkrun tourism! Nagio tells us about the subtle differences between parkrun in Australia and New Zealand, and reminds us that the parkrun world is small… I came home recently to celebrate my dad’s 80th birthday. I debated long and hard…