I used to think I could not run. I got out of breath so quickly that I figured it was not for me. Then I did my first parkrun and I was hooked! I improved my cardio fitness and every week felt like I could actually become a runner. Last weekend I celebrated my 100th parkrun at age 36 and I am doing my second 21km at the Soweto Marathon in November. I have also met so many awesome friends and feel part of the parkrun family. Thank you!
I started doing parkrun when encouraged to do so by my Godson’s family just after Gavin’s (my husband) death at the end of 2015. When they suggested I do it I replied that after 7 major back operations and a hip replacement I could not run but they told me I was welcome to walk. That first parkrun at St Francis I was an ‘unknown’ but I was hooked. I came back to Durban and joined North Beach parkrun and soon became involved with volunteering which I love. My favourite role is that of photographer.
My back continues to be a problem and I suffer with chronic pain but my parkrun family have become very important to me and I look forward to Saturday mornings. In the last year I have teamed up with friends and we have all reached tourist status (20 different parkruns). The next challenge is to complete all the parkruns in KZN.
I have completed 167 parkruns and volunteered 139 times. I have completed 22 different parkruns in SA, one in Stockholm and 8 in the UK.
Whether you are new to parkrun, or you’ve been parkrunning for years, it’s only natural from time-to-time to find yourself in a bit of a parkrunning slump. Are you struggling for motivation? Have your times plateaued? Tempted by the snooze button? Looking for some inspiration? Here are 10 ways you can rediscover your parkrun mojo! …
parkrun Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE is honoured with the Royal Society of the Arts’ prestigious Albert Medal. Awarded each year for innovation in the fields of creativity, commerce and social improvement, Paul received the incredible accolade for building a global participation movement. Presenting the award, RSA Chief Executive Matthew Taylor praised Paul and…