Maggie Davies relocated to NZ from the UK. She went from a busy, active lifestyle, to losing her interest in running and physical activity.
That was until she found parkrun…
parkrun has been a real help to me getting back into running again. I had done distance runs in UK for some years, but when I moved to New Zealand ten years ago, my running activity dropped off completely.
I joined Lower Hutt parkrun in 2012 and since then I have never looked back!. It restored my interest and made me get out, meet new people and make friends.
I suffered a broken leg in 2017 whilst training for a trail marathon. Needless to say, I didn’t do the scheduled event. However, parkrun helped with the rehabilitation. I went down most Saturdays in my leg cast and on crutches to do a volunteer stint and have a coffee.
That’s the beauty of parkrun, everyone is taking part, whether you’re sprinting around the course in 15 minutes, walking as Tail Walker, mastering the Timekeeper duties or sorting the tokens in the cafe.
As part of my recovery, I started walking part of the course with my crutches and stick building up each week. I was back to running in around three months thanks to the encouragement of friends and family.
Away from Saturday mornings, parkrun has opened many new avenues for me too. Having made my return to running, boosted by the confidence from parkrun, I completed the Honolulu Marathon in 2018.
It was my first marathon in 12 years and one year on from my broken leg incident! parkrun of course was part of the training plan.
I recently started participating in triathlon following encouragement from other parkrunners. I completed my first quarter iron distance event in November 2019!
parkrun is such a fun event. It’s a great way to make new friends, go to different places to walk, jog and run, and challenge yourself.
Cheers parkrun, and here’s to many, many more.
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