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News - 7th April 2021
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Kettering parkrunner Rebecca Murphy parkruns with three generations of her family. 

 

She’s looking forward to being reunited with her Mum after lockdown, and making more treasured parkrun memories together.

 

I had just started a couch to 5k programme, when someone suggested parkrun.

 

I thought maybe I shouldn’t go until I could run 5k non stop, but my son, who was 8 at the time, really wanted to go. My husband was working, which meant I needed to go with him.

 

Yes I wasn’t the fastest, and I walked quite a few times, but honestly no one cared. They clapped and encouraged me just the same as the people at the front.

 

Thankfully my husband took over running with our son as I couldn’t keep up. It was lovely that they were there to cheer me in though, and our older boys have also joined us now too.

 

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As the weeks go on you start to get to know people, and I began to really look forward to Saturday mornings, and the pre and post run chats.

 

It really is a community that just happens to do 5k!

 

I finally persuaded my Mum to come along on the week I had volunteered to be Tail Walker. She was so nervous seeing what see called the ‘real runners’ warming up, and then got back in her car to go home! She completed it though, and after some time building up her confidence, she is now completely hooked.

 

We do like to try other courses and get to know other parkrunners, especially over a cuppa in the cafe after the parkrun.

 

parkrun Christmas day is now our family tradition. We didn’t let lockdown stop us and did a (not)parkrun this year.

 

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I just love the fact that as a family of three generations, we can all turn up and join in, welcomed wherever we go, and our times range from 19mins to 52mins, but we are there together.

 

I truly hope I’m still parkrunning like my Mum when I turn 70, if I’m not running with her I love being there to cheer her in, just amazing to see her parkrun achievements.

 

During the first lockdown she ran every day for 100 days, on her own, I find that truly inspiring.

 

We also enjoy volunteering. I’ve made some wonderful friends through parkrun and running, and when I had the mad idea about getting minibuses to travel to Bushy parkrun so my son and I could run our 50th together at the home of parkrun, I had no problem in filling them.

 

I have been very lucky to complete parkruns in lots of different places. The parkrun community ethos is the same the world over.

 

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I know lots of people have started couch to 5k while in lockdown which is amazing.

 

I genuinely hope they find their way to parkrun, if you’re one of them please just go.

 

Yes, I’m sure you’ll be nervous, just like most of the others, but (just like my home parkrun at Kettering) there will be a wonderful friendly team on hand, a First Timer welcome, and the volunteer Tail Walker is always the last through the finish funnel, so nobody finishes last.

 

I’ve already put my name down to be Tail Walker at the first week back.

 

If you’re still not sure then just turn up and watch, see how it all works. There’s no pressure to join in.

 

Now we have a parkrun road map, that’s great news and a huge step forward.

 

My future wish is simple, having been unable to hug my Mum for 12months (like millions of us) I would like to be able to start taking photo memories of us side by side in the parkrun selfie frames, these are cherished times we spend together.

 

Rebecca Murphy

 

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