While many people half her age (and even younger) will easily find an excuse not to participate in a parkrun or be active, spritely 83-year-old Elsa Nursey of Ermelo makes use of every opportunity to do a parkrun.
Anyone who has seen Elsa at a parkrun will know that she walks the 5km distance at a very brisk pace.
Elsa currently has 29 parkruns to her credit and besides Kralinbergh which is her home run, she has participated in Secunda, Silver Oaks and Roodepoort parkruns.
Elsa currently holds the 80 – 84 age category record at Kralinbergh with a time of 49 minutes and 25 seconds and boasts an all-time personal best of 46 minutes and 20 seconds achieved at Secunda parkrun “which I must say is over a flatter and easier route than Kralinbergh”.
When asked what motivates her to participates in parkruns she replied, “It keeps me fit and active and the friendliness and camaraderie among the runners, joggers and walkers is amazing. Although I would also like to sleep late on a Saturday morning I look forward to being out in nature. The nice thing about a parkrun is that no matter how slow one is, one is never alone and help is always nearby. The Tailwalkers keep you company and encourage you all the way.
Unlike some other venues, Kralinbergh is not far out of town and the view is really beautiful. The fact that parkrun results are sent via e-mail to each registered participant is further inspiration for one to come back week after week”.
In Elsa’s book, age is simply a number and she backs this up by attending Gym sessions whenever possible.
“I have been fairly active all my life and used to go on hiking trails and take regular walks but sadly this has become too dangerous these days. The parkrun is a wonderful concept and it takes place in a safe environment. I can truly recommend it to anyone. Even if one only helps out as a volunteer, simply being out in nature with all the sights and smells of the outdoors is invigorating”.
Gerald Young (iNews Ermelo)
Walked at Durban Point parkrun with my step-son who is just six years old. We did a little bit of running in between, and yesterday he got a PB!
So proud of the little chap.
After having two kids in the last three years and never getting to the gym, I was feeling guilty, unfit and overweight…
…until I did my first parkrun!
Building up a sweat, fresh air, cheering on from parkrun volunteers… amazing vibe!
Thank you to the Mapetla parkrun Run Director and his team. Thanks also to all the wonderful parkrunners that we met today. You all made this a really enjoyable parkrun. We really enjoyed visiting your parkrun and also our first visit to Soweto!
I would love to do this one again sometime in the future.
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