News - 11th November 2019

Give it a go

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Kirkwall parkrunner Alfred Shacklady is eighty-five years old and has just completed his 50th parkrun.


He hadn’t ran for 30 years, and is now a regular at his local run club, with a half marathon under his belt. Alfred tells us more…


At the time I started doing parkrun, I had been doing ‘health walks’ and one of the walk leaders told me about parkrun. There seemed to be a lot of interest and she suggested that I go, so I did.


I remember it being really busy that first time with lots of children and adults. Everyone seemed to be having a really great time.


Kirkwall parkrun is on the Orkney islands and I was amazed when I got my PB in some gale force winds, which we do get quite a lot in Orkney!


I have now become quite well known in the ‘running community’ in Orkney. I’ve joined the running club and I run approximately four miles every Wednesday night.


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I’ve also done four 10k races and have taken part in an island half marathon.


parkrun has definitely given me health benefits.


My advice to anyone, adults and children of all ages and abilities, is to ‘give it a go’. You have nothing to lose and plenty to gain.


Everyone is very friendly and very encouraging.


Alfred Shacklady


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