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.
I did my home Constantia Greenbelt parkrun. I checked the results and within 3 minutes of me, I saw the name of a friend who emigrated to the UK 15 years ago! Turns out he’s now a regular parkrunner in the UK. Well done parkrun for keeping people in touch! Brian Snelling …
Wits parkrun has taken place for the past year on the West Campus of Wits University. The core team of volunteers share more of its story: How did Wits parkrun come about? Wits parkrun had its first official event on 13 October 2018. It was a long time in the planning with several routes…