At the age of 13 UK park runner Laura Elfes set foot in Poole Park at 9:00am for her very first parkrun. It was painful to her mum, who ended up promising Laura a cake if she kept on going! Lara has since done more than 50 park runs and has never looked back. This is 16-year-old Laura’s story as told in her own words.
I'm not sure if my mum ever regrets taking me to that first run o
Parkruns have become a global phenomenon. Here are some interesting facts about this popular weekly 5km timed event.
The first parkrun was run in October 2004 in London’s Bushy Park. Paul Sinton-Hewitt, who could not even run it, as he was a volunteer timekeeper that morning, organized it. A total of 13 runners pitched.
The joy of sharing your love of running with a sibling, spouse, parent or your little one is happiness beyond measure. And it seems parkrunning is where this all starts.
For as long as I can remember my Dad and I have been running. It’s always been ‘our thing’ and the rest of the family would often sigh and roll their eyes when, over long family lunches, we would for hours o
Parkruns are changing the lives of many people worldwide. Each week Run24 features a parkrunner whose life has changed because of this 5km weekly run. This week Su Page, a UK parkrunner, shares her story.
“Inspirationally motivating is what parkrun is to me. Without the amazing support of my Watergrove parkrun, Rochdale family I wouldn't be achieving what I am today.
She never pitched for the first ever parkrun she was supposed to run. Her reason? It was just too far! Fast forward three years later and Bev Leal has just finished her first marathon.
When Bev Leal’s daughter entered her for her very first parkrun, Bev backed out. How could she ever run a distance that far? It was only when members of her family came back from their parkrun and Bev saw
We look at them in awe: the front pack of elite runners gliding along. Do they even feel any discomfort? Do they ‘suffer’ as much as the ‘average runner?’ Oh yes, says the 2016 Comrades winner Charné Bosman. So much so that during this year’s Comrades Marathon she was ready to throw the towel in at only 20km into the grueling 87km race.
Anybody who knows will tell you: training for one event such as Ironman is grueling, to put it politely. It takes a huge amount of commitment and dedication. Now imagine adding to the list the Comrades Marathon, several swims at Midmar, another two 70.3 Ironman events, and not to mention a whole lot of ‘smaller’ races in-between. The timeframe? All in the first six months of the year. You have to be S
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is on track to host the first IAAF gold label city marathon in Africa. The 42.2km road race has made huge strides since it was relaunched in 2014, quickly establishing its place as one of only a select few marathons in the world to achieve IAAF gold label status.
Last year’s winners, Britain’s Tish Jones and Ethiopia’s Asefa Mengstu Negewo, have
South Africa has a long distance running culture second to none. So how does a South African self-professed running fanatic living in Australia, adapt to the Aussie running culture? Glyn Hughes shares his experience with Run24.
I've come a long way on the running front. Returning back to South Africa from Dublin, Ireland, in 2003 – having given up playing league Squash and Cricket -
Imagine starting a race as a 59-year-old, and by the time you cross the finish line, you are a year older. It sounds impossible, but it did happen.
Suzette Venter (Nedbank Running Club) was 59 years old at the start of this year’s Washie 100 Miler and 25 hours, and 32 minutes later when she finished, she was 60. She even changed race categories, starting as a Masters athlete and finishing as