I started serious exercise some years ago after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and diverticulitus in the same week- control for both is diet and exercise, so I lost some 35 kilos and started going to a free, local council-run program called "Fitness in the Park." After a few years I started running to supplement fitness in the park- now I mainly do middle-distance running, supplemented by fitness in the park. My main distances are 5 and 10k, with the occasional half-marathon to stop me getting complacent.
Three years ago my step-daughter introduced me to parkrun, https://www.parkrun.com.au/, a worldwide, free, timed, non-competitive, weekly 5k run/walk/jog.
Some of the times are around an hour- these are when I volunteer as Tailwalker, whose job is to be the last person on the course, to carry a first aid kit, and act as first responder to take care of any problems that may occur on the run.
Note that parkrun relies completely on volunteers- without volunteers every week there can be NO parkrun. If every parkrunner volunteered just 3 times a year, we would always have enough. Sadly, this doesn't always happen, putting a much bigger load on the people who do volunteer, so please consider giving up just three runs a year to volunteer. The jobs are easy, fun and rewarding, and training for the various roles is given.
Ken JOHNSON (146 parkruns)
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|Montrose Foreshore parkrun||2||42||63||00:31:24||All|
|Windsor Precinct parkrun||1||23||30||00:30:02||All|
|Wynyard Foreshore parkrun||1||13||20||00:30:27||All|
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