This week we hear the stories of two parkrunners who have overcome health struggles with the support of the parkrun community.
In 2010 I could hardly walk. I needed two full knee replacements, and fortunately the operation was a great success.
I did my first parkrun in January 2017, and on 31 August 2019 at my home run Modderfontein Reserve I completed my 100th parkrun. I am so grateful.
My name is Almarie van Wyngaardt and I have never enjoyed exercising. My daughter Angelique always used to ask me to do the parkrun with her in Bloemfontein, but I always had an excuse available.
Well, with the encouragement of Angelique, Linda and Celeste, and with the help of Betsie, I registered. I started with Sand River parkrun’s second event. Goodness was I tired! But I enjoyed it and was there every Saturday and even tried to improve my time although I sounded like a steam engine.
On the 6 December 2018, I heard that I had cancer for the third time. I believe with positive thoughts one can overcome anything. I continued walking after chemotherapy and after recuperating from the operation, I started walking again.
I must thank Julian and the other parkrunners for their support. Chemo does tire a person but I still walked because it was good for me. It helps to get your mind right for the next chemo.
Before my last chemo I had pneumonia and missed a few Saturdays. My treatment finished two months ago and I am walking like crazy. I am trying hard to reach my PB. Now I understand why my daughter is running so much. It is addictive!
I will encourage everyone to do parkrun because it is so nice. Nice people and a nice atmosphere!
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