News - 13th August 2019

A summer family reunion

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Julie McGlynn first heard about parkrun through British friends at the school where she works in Bangkok. 


Now with three generations of parkrunners in the family, Julie tells us about being reunited with the community at Lancaster parkrun during summers back home.


It was three years ago since we found out about parkrun.


Every summer we look forward to joining the wonderful community of welcoming and passionate people at Lancaster parkrun.




It was actually my Uncle who persuaded us all to go. A regular runner and volunteer, he was very keen for us to spend time as a family, and we first went along together in July 2017.


The course is both a pleasure and a challenge as it is made up of a mixture of terrains, and Williamson Park is stunning.


There are three generations of parkrunners in our family.


I was inspired to run by my now ten-year-old son Oliver, who completed his 10th parkrun on Saturday 3 August.


As we live in Bangkok, it’s taken him three years to reach this milestone so it was a really special day.




My husband is Sri Lankan and, as a family, we really love how global and multicultural parkrun is.


It’s great to be able to shout out ‘Bangkok!’ And ‘Sri Lanka’ when the Run Director asks where the tourists are from during the pre event briefing, and to hear where everyone else has travelled from.


The parkrun volunteers are such an amazing, positive and welcoming bunch. Thank you!


Julie McGlynn


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