Today my post shows what Parkrun is all about. Not only do you have to be fit or reasonably fit and motivated to improve your walking time, you can do Parkrun after surgery or illness as soon as your doctor has given you the go-ahead.
Parkrun is popular with serious runners who're spending the weekend in a city and want to keep up their fitness. I've noticed that Parkrun is popular with runners who're training for of have taken part in the annual Comrades Marathon held in South Africa. Parkrun is also for parents who push prams or carry babies in slings or on their shoulders and young old who want to walk/run their dogs! Parkrun is especially enjoyable with the elderly as they can meander along on walking sticks (like our friend Ant does) or using a single cane. They get out, they get to chat to others walking at their pace (often I see one of our older Parkrun walkers walking with mothers with babies strapped to their chests) and they experience an amazing sense of well-being and achievement when they arrive at the end.
Mother and baby before setting off on the 5km Parkrun walk last week. This little darling was fast asleep when mama passed the finish line
These two serious runners head up the start of the Parkrun
More runners starting off well at last week's Parkrun
Dogs on leashes are always welcome
Gwenda and Ant stride out on the walk last week
Alan, (87) our oldest local Parkrun participant brought friend Sylvia. Grant as the sweep is always at the back
The volunteers enjoy a voluntary Cuppachino from the Waffle Hut as they wait for the first runners to return
Petros Hlongwane does the weekly Parkrun in under 18 minutes. He's completed ten consecutive Comrades Marathons. His most recent passion is mountain biking
Striding down the last 500 meters
Strong young legs
Petros clocks in with Shorty Hall
A youngster who came in just after Petros, gives us our money's worth by sprinting into the finish
A young dad with his toddler on his shoulders
This bull dog x strode into the finish with his mistress