Tuesday, 29 March 2016

52 Weeks of Wonderful

On the eve before the inaugural Kimberley parkrun event, I had the privilege of having dinner with Jaco van der Walt, parkrun tourist extra-ordinaire, among other amazing people.  I was a nervous wreck: I'd barely slept or eaten for a week straight, and I secretly wondered what on earth possessed me to saddle up such a crazy horse.  I don't remember much of the conversation around the dinner table that evening, but I do remember Jaco's parting words: "Your life is about to change forever".      

And now, 52 weeks later, I can't help but smile.  Thinking back over the past year both humbles and astounds me: The elation of a growing event and a shared passion; teeth-chattering -4-degree mornings in the company of cheerful new friends; and the joy of being able to do what I love in my own home town.  But, most of all, I remember the people: Friendly, new faces who have since become friends; the laughs; the enthusiasm; and experiencing first-hand the warmth and kindness in so many hearts.

"It's -4 degrees outside!  And I have a cone on my head!  Yay!"

Jaco was right: My life will never be the same again.  It's forever been enriched by so many wonderful people, and through the privilege of being a part of their inspirational journeys.

We celebrated our first year in true parkrun style: With a run.  Followed by a fun, laid-back birthday party marked by enthusiasm and help from so many - I was blown away once again.

[Photo by Mark Krug.]

[Photo by Mark Krug.]

[Photo by Mark Krug.]

[Photo by Mark Krug.]

So happy to be a part of this community!

      

4 comments:

  1. so lovely! What an amazing achievement.

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    1. Thanks, Meg! An amazing event and an amazing group of people :) .

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  2. Happy Parkrun birthday! I think you did something amazing for a lot of people

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    1. Thanks so much, Cat! It's such a joy to see that others also enjoy what I'm so passionate about!

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