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Read more › News - 3rd April 2019

Tackling loneliness with parkrun

In 2017, then 83-year-old Margaret Smith from Brueton parkrun became the oldest woman in parkrun history to join the 250 Club. Two years on, she encourages other older people to join the parkrun family to tackle loneliness.   I have always been very sporty and active. In my younger days (they’re not that long ago!) I was a…

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Read more › News - 23rd December 2017

Margaret Smith becomes oldest woman to join 250 Club

83-year-old Margaret Smith from Brueton parkrun has become the oldest woman in parkrun history to join the 250 Club. This is her story:   I was born on 21 January 1934 in Birmingham. My mother was the eldest of 14, so perhaps that’s the reason I ended up being an only child! The first school…

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Read more › News - 23rd August 2017

Sweaty Selfies

In May 2012, at 34 years of age, I suffered a cardiac arrest at work. I was lucky to survive. Initially the doctors assumed it was a heart attack due to my size, but it turned out that I had suffered a cardiac arrest. I was eventually diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which…