29-year-old Sophie Stokes is a Dunedin parkrunner who was encouraged to attend by her cousin. Sophie in turn introduced her partner to parkrun on their third date!
I got involved with parkrun when I was 24 because my cousin was really keen on it. I couldn’t believe it was free! I ran and volunteered at parkruns in the UK before moving to New Zealand.
I was a bit worried before I went along for the first time. I looked up the course map beforehand and it seemed so complicated! It was easy to follow the pack though and was invigorating to be part of something huge.
When I’ve done a parkrun I feel like I’ve earned my weekend off. It’s such a good feeling! It has also introduced me to my running club, Caversham Harriers. Needless to say parkrun is no longer the only running I do in a weekend.
If you’re nervous about coming along, try to find a mate to go with and don’t overthink it, just turn up and do whatever feels right for you. There’s always a Tail Walker so have no fear of being last – you’re almost certainly faster than you think!
parkrun is such a friendly event. If you do just a few weeks in a row you start to recognise other regulars – people who walk or run the same speed as you, people who come from the same obscure hometown, or have merchandise from an event you attended… people who become your parkrun friends.
After 15 years of parkrun taking place every single week, like us, you’re probably missing your Saturday morning routine We’ve come up with six ways you can recreate the parkrun experience whilst staying safe in the comforts of your own home… 1. Put on your kit and represent We’re all spending the vast majority of…
parkrun may be out for the time being, but the School of parkrun is here! We’re super happy to say that from Monday 30 March, we will be setting daily parkrun-themed tasks for children of all ages and the whole family to try together. We’ll be covering five subjects: English Science Geography Maths…