When I looked out my beach road flat one Saturday morning and saw all these people running and walking (Strand Beach parkrun), I said to myself: I also can do that. I found out more about parkrun and what enticed me was that I do it only against myself. No other parkrunner is involved in my own little battle. I don’t have to run, I can just walk at my own pace. I compete against myself.
I decided long before that, I must get back in shape before I turned 60. This was the opportunity I was waiting for. That first morning I went there, I was really nervous. I was thinking: “What if I don’t make the 5 km walk?” But then I also convinced myself, nobody would know because you don’t even register at the beginning. If I don’t make it, I will come back and try again next week. Then the parkrun idea got hold of me. I so much enjoyed it. I even volunteered a few times.
Thanks to everybody that helps every Saturday to make Strand beach parkrun happen. But I always struggled to get it done in under an hour. Then I decided that if I lose weight, I can do better in parkrun. I started on a weight loss program (all by myself) and also started walking a 5km on other days also. After a few months I was doing a 5km walk 5 to 6 times a week.
Then lockdown struck. Gone was my beloved parkrun. I couldn’t even go outside for a walk. But in my head I made a very important decision. I am always a person that decides to make the best out of the worst situation. Thanks to Covid19 and the lockdown I couldn’t go out to restaurants. I couldn’t invite people for a braai, and they couldn’t invite me for a braai. That helped me a lot. Let me use this opportunity to lose more weight during this period that I am not allowed to walk outside. Since the middle of February, I am feeling like a new person. I’m looking forward to starting parkrun again when we can.
Welly Du Toit
It was wonderful to see another record attendance last weekend, with 27,500 participants across 218 events, in 5 countries. And, of course, we would particularly like to welcome the 1,640 first timers who walked, jogged, ran or volunteered with us for the very first time. Whilst it’s sometimes easy to get bogged down in…
A regular at Fish Hoek parkrun, Basil Murray (above left) has completed 71 parkruns, and entered the Covid lockdown just one short of the milestone of 25 different volunteering occasions. Basil has volunteered on a regular base as scribe, marshal, handing out finish tokens, being tail walker and finish token support. Not even a broken arm…