News - 16th December 2019
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You made me feel like a winner

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Kate Askew always had a fear of exercising outside and cried on the way to her first parkrun, because she was so nervous. 

 

Inspired by her mom, she completed her first parkrun at Braunstone in the UK, and parkrun is now the highlight of her week!

 

I cried on the way to my first parkrun because I was so nervous. Nervous about every silly little thing from parking, coming last, getting lost, people laughing at me, and holding up the Marshals.

 

The briefing for beginners was funny and informative, and I started to notice people who looked just like me. This meant so much, as someone who has years of fear of exercising outside.

 

I walked/jogged the whole way, listening to my favourite songs. With the heartfelt encouragement from every single Marshal I started to believe I might actually be able to do this!

 

I was lapped a lot and I was worried I would be sad, but everyone who overtook me gave me a thumbs up, said keep going, or threw me a smile of motivation.

 

I want you all to know that you made me feel like a winner that day.

 

All of a sudden coming last didn’t even matter, because I realized we were all on the same team.

 

It was my mom who first told me about parkrun. She’ll be doing her 250th on her 60th birthday next year (eeek!). She’s come last nearly every time but she’s never cared. mom always says you meet people with the best stories at the back – and she’s right!

 

I’ve struggled my whole life with my relationship with my body and she’s never pressured me into anything, but she always tells me we’re beating everyone at home and it’s stuck with me for years.

 

When my sister moved to Australia, mom said parkrun was the only time all three of us would be doing the same thing at the same time (kind of, if you ignore the time difference!) and so that was it, I did my first one and us three musketeers have been doing it ever since.

 

I never thought going for a plod around a muddy wet park, getting lapped on a rainy Saturday morning, could be the highlight of my week… yet here we are!

 

Kate Askew

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