On this day a year ago I did my last parkrun at Voortrekker Monument with my friend Estelle.
It was my 121st parkrun and my 60th different venue. I was doing pretty well getting through my parkrun alphabet too – travelling as far as Tasmania with Iain, Brooke and Hamish to get my ‘Q’ at Queens Domain. I had signed up for parkrun as soon as I noticed it being advertised, although it took me a while to get the guts to do it as I wasn’t confident doing it on my own. I heard a friend of mine, Alana, had started doing them at Roodepoort parkrun, so I asked if I could join her and then, finally, I did my first one.
I was quite non-committal in the early days, often choosing to sleep in or doing other things on a Saturday morning. But then, the bug bit. I especially enjoyed doing different parkruns and found another new friend in Rowena. We started crossing parkruns for our parkrun alphabet, even travelling down to East London for a weekend to complete an iMonti! These adventures kept me focused and busy. Although I was never the first finisher, I was committed.
But then COVID hit. I had to get used to the ‘new now’, which was a challenge. I tried one parkrun in my small garden, but it also made me realise I will never ever take parkruns for granted ever again! In June, parkrun announced (not)parkrun and this was just the challenge I needed. I recently completed my 214th (not)parkrun. I even had a stretch of doing (not)parkrun each day for 10 weeks. This challenge has stretched me like never before, it has kept me mentally healthy in very difficult times and I’m also fitter than I’ve ever been. I am so grateful for this in my life.
It was fantastic to see 48 junior parkrun events return in England on Sunday, with over 4,000 children crossing the finish line, of which over 1,000 were attending for the very first time. We’re immensely proud of all those event teams who successfully delivered the first parkrun events in England for 13 months, and have…
The situation with regards to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to be somewhat turbulent in nearly every parkrun territory. Whilst some of the parkrun family are experiencing a challenging time at the moment with increasing lockdown restrictions, others are beginning to see the green shoots of recovery. In South Africa, the Government recently amended the…