News - 8th March 2021

All about having fun

Julie Nowlin

Julie Nowlin completed her first parkrun on International Women’s Day 2020. She has not stopped running since!


I started running again in February 2020, after a 4 year break.  I joined a running club in South Shields called Run Eat Sleep.  The group were fantastic and told me about Saturday mornings at parkrun and asked me if I would like to join them there.


I was concerned that I would not be able to run the whole 5k parkrun course, but my run club friends explained that parkrun was all about having fun, getting out and enjoying yourself, running or walking or a bit of both! They also said they were going to wear purple for the International Women’s Day.


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On my first parkrun outing, wearing purple, I didn’t want to hold anyone up and I stayed at the back. Half way around the course I tripped up and cut my hand.  Apart from being embarrassed about this, I was fine and a couple of ladies who I hadn’t met before came over to make sure I was okay. They then asked if I would like to walk/run with them.


I loved the camaraderie of the parkrun. Everyone was so friendly and helpful.


Since that parkrun and during the lockdowns I have carried on running and I now run at least 20 miles per week and over that time have lost 25lbs in weight. I have also completed a few 6 mile virtual races and in December I took on my first half marathon since starting running again.


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Running is definitely addictive.


I can’t wait for parkrun to start up again.


Julie Nowlin

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