News - 8th May 2019

Getting back on track


Dave Campbell completed his first parkrun as part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations in 2018. Now, almost a year later, Dave tells us how walking at Carlisle parkrun has helped put his Type 2 diabetes into remission.


I came along to try parkrun for the first time as part of the NHS’s 70th birthday celebrations in 2018. Not that there has been a great deal of running involved.


Weighing in at 26 stone, my first attempt was a very wobbly waddle and took me an hour and 10 minutes to walk the full 5k. But fellow parkrunners recognised the effort it took and kept me going with their kind comments.


Now, six stone lighter, I’ve clocked up 18 parkruns and I have got the time down to 51 minutes. I am still walking, and I am still motivated by kind comments, but now I am a regular who enjoys meeting friends on a Saturday morning – new and old.




parkrun is the perfect start to the weekend. It feels good and does you good. Of course, the Tail Walker, who is always the last person to finish a parkrun, is very encouraging and we know each other well because I am never far from last.


I did try running, but it soon became obvious that my knees had other ideas – I might have to lose another six stone before that’s a realistic option, but I’m determined to run the course in the future. Marshals around the course keep the spirit strong as they egg you on. I always appreciate them waiting for me to finish.


More walkers would be a welcome sight beside me on that last lap. The only person paying attention to the time it takes is you. Everyone else appreciates and applauds the effort it takes to join that first parkrun. It’s always a pleasure to return.


Sincere support, enthusiastic encouragement and a warm friendly welcome from new-found friends at Carlisle’s parkrun has played a massive part in helping me to reverse Type 2 Diabetes – or at least be able to say it’s in remission.


I feel happier, healthier and like I’m back on track. If I can do it, so can you!


Dave Campbell

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