Maureen didn’t take up running until she was 72. She didn’t tell anyone she was going to her first parkrun but, amazed by the welcome she got, she now keeps going back every week.
One day, a friend had the idea we would do a charity 5k in memory of one of our friends. I was 72 and hadn’t run since I did about 100 yards as a fifteen year old.
I decided to do a parkrun in preparation, my daughter Kirsty and son-in-law Nick regular do Wolverhampton parkrun but I snuck off to Telford parkrun. I told nobody I was going, in case I couldn’t get round. I felt terrified and very sick.
The first timer briefing volunteer was lovely, I remember she told me “at the worst it’ll be the lousiest hour you’ve ever spent and you won’t come back, but I bet you do!” Standing in the crowd and feeling sick, I remember a lovely man came over and spoke to me. The atmosphere was brilliant, the crowd were so lovely. I was amazed.
This year I persuaded my lovely young friend, Wendy, to join me in a couch to 5k course. I completed it with great difficulty. At 74, I’ll probably never run the full course ever again but I’ve learnt it really doesn’t matter how slow you are the support is always there.
My favourite volunteering role is Tail Walker. I meet such lovely people and feel because of my experience I can really encourage others.
My advice to anyone thinking of parkrun is just do it, fast or slow, run or walk, it’s friendly and fun – honestly!
Now I’m 74, I want my daughters saying to each other, what on earth is Mum up to now!
Full-time Dad Martin, and twin boys Hugo and Rory, choose a fancy dress theme for their parkrun every Saturday. Spending the week learning about their chosen theme, the whole family are always really excited when the time comes to get out there, get dressed up and parkrun! Here’s Martin’s heartwarming story. Before…
Andy Ratcliffe went along to his first parkrun aged 49, having never ran in his life. After having surgery for Crohn’s disease, he found a new drive to stay fit. Andy tell us the part parkrun has played in his fitness journey. Before my first parkrun I was really nervous about being with…