News - 18th March 2021
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From not being able to run 400m to running her first marathon, Ange credits part of her marathon success to parkrun and is looking forward to clocking a time for the World Athletics Cross Country Championships Bathurst 21 Global Challenge.

 

For more than 10 years, Ange has enjoyed running and keeping active and since finishing the Melbourne Marathon in 2019, has completed almost 500 consecutive days of running.

 

I have been running since 2010 but in the last two-three years I have been including parkrun courses in my marathon training.

 

My running journey started with not being able to run 400m but I wanted to be fit and healthy and I had this desire to run around Lake Wendouree.

 

As soon as I started running, I was loving it. I gradually progressed from 5k to 10k to 15k and I didn’t want to stop. It was at that point in time that I decided I wanted to run a marathon.

 

After finding a running coach and joining a few local running roups, Ange was introduced to parkrun.

 

Her training included the parkrun course and gave her the opportunity to train for the marathon and enjoy the benefits of being a part of the parkrun community.

 

I set myself the goal of completing the Melbourne Marathon before I was 30, back in 2019 and I achieved my goal by running the race two days before my 30th birthday.

 

Ever since the Melbourne Marathon, I decided that not only did I want to run another marathon, but I wanted to see how many days in a row I could run.

 

To date, Ange has run between 5k-8k every day and enjoys including parkrun course in her training.

 

When I was training for the marathon, I would finish the last 5k of my training with parkrunners and I still do.

 

The parkrun community is incredibly supportive and motivating and there is always an opportunity to meet new people, at a range of different levels and hear their stories.

 

The parkrun community is so fantastic because I can talk to other individuals who like running, and they never get bored. They provide me with advice and I look forward to the last 5k of my training/run. They’ve given me so much advice about marathons.

 

My three children are starting to want to join me and enjoy running and I want them to know they can do it. My husband and I run together occasionally, and we enjoy a bit of rivalry.

 

parkrun is a fantastic motivating tool for the running community. It’s got a great sense of community.

 

When the opportunity to participate in the World Athletics Cross Country Championships Bathurst 21 Global Challenge and join team parkrun, Ange was excited she was able to include her local parkrun course in her event.

 

I love that virtual events can be done anywhere and at any time; so you can still run by yourself. You’re competing against yourself, no one else.

 

There are so many mental health benefits from being physically active. You also feel like you’ve accomplished something. Running for me is very therapeutic.

 

I’m looking forward to completing my last 5k of the Global Challenge at parkrun.

 

When joining team parkrun as a part of the World Athletics Cross Country Championships Bathurst 21 Global Challenge, not only are you connecting with other likeminded individuals all over the world but for every parkrunner or not(parkrunner) that enters this global event, they are helping to keep parkrun free, for everyone, forever.

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