Karkarook parkrun – Meet you fellow Karkies – 15th September 2021

 

 

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Thanks to Natalie for another great interview in our “Meet your fellow Karkies” series.

This week Natalie speaks to An, who adds so much to our event! Whether he is running with his sons, chasing a PB, doing one of his regular volunteer stints, recruiting his friends or supporting his wife Mel in her Run Director role, An loves parkrun!

Enjoy!

 

When was your first parkrun?

Phillip Island 8/9/2018.

 

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How did you find out about parkrun?

Through a mate who does parkrun @ Berwick Springs.

 

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Why did you first go to parkrun and did you go on your own or were you invited by a friend or relative?

To stay fit and I went with a mate on our annual boys only weekend trip.

 

Where did you do your first parkrun?

Churchill Island @Phillip Island for a boy’s weekend trip. What a way to a cure hang over by doing a parkrun lol.

 

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What were your first impressions or thoughts when you arrived?

Wow what a view!
These people are crazy, out and about early in the morning in the cold to run 5ks.
Man was it fun racing others.

 

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How many different parkruns have you been to?
(if more than Karkarook) What is your favorite and why?

Been to 9 dif parkruns.
Chelsea, Gardiners Creek, Inverloch, Dandenong, Marriott, Phillip Island, Berwick Springs, Rosebud and Jells Park.
Best view is Churchill on Phillip Island, 2nd Karki

Best park run is Karkarook (was deciding which parkrun should be my home base, Chelsea or Karki. Karki it was, cos it’s such a family/friendly parkrun. Just in awe of some of the great people at Karki that I've meet).

 

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What is your best memory from parkrun?

Getting my family debuting at parkrun @ Karki, eg sister, nephew, cous and friends.
Doing my 50th with Xavier’s 10th Junior run. Mel on her Run Director debut.
Getting Karen my friend onboard after 6 months of nagging.

 

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What do you like most about parkrun?

Just love the people and the positive energy from all ages. I’m not normally a morning person but I get up early every Saturday for parkrun.

 

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Are you a walker, jogger, runner or a mixture depending on your mood?

Mostly a runner chasing PBs (trying to break 20 mins) if not running with Xavier lol.

 

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What other activities do yo do?

Love to fish.
Hang out with fam and friends.

 

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What is your current favourite TV show or Movie - ie: looking for recommendations for all of us in Lockdown.

Got into Korean Drama on Netflix from lockdown (thank god for sub titles). If you are thinking about giving it a go watch “It’s ok not to be ok.” (OMG so good, such a fantastic/meaningful series to watch).

 

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What are you doing whilst parkrun is not taking place at the moment?

It’s great to also have non parkrun to motivate others to be active during these crazy times to keep us sane and healthy.

 

 

Karkarook parkrun- Meet your fellow Karkies – 8 September 2021

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Thanks to Natalie for another great interview in our “Meet your fellow Karkies” series.

In this edition, Natalie speaks to Michael and Pam Sutton.

Enjoy…


When was your first parkrun?

The very first at Karkarook 5/11/16

How did you find out about parkrun?

There was an article in the local paper, The Moorabbin Standard (or was it the Glen Eira Leader?)

Why did you first go to parkrun and did you go on your own or were invited by a friend or relative?

We had done a few fun runs over the years until my arthritis made running impossible. After seeing the newspaper article Pam thought a local fun run would be good to have a go in. I went along to support her and take a few photos. Anita was our first Event Director; she saw me taking the photos and asked if I could put them on Facebook and come along when Pam was running and be the official photographer. And the Rest is History!

 

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What were your first impressions or thoughts when you arrived at your first parkrun?

It was a very festive occasion, a few speeches and a big cake to celebrate.

 

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How many different parkruns have you been to, if more than Karkarook?

I have only been to Karki, Pam has also done Shepparton. We have been waiting to go to Coburg where our daughter and son-in-law regularly run, until the lockdowns over the last 18 months keep foiling those plans.

What is your favourite parkrun and why?

Can only say Karki.

What is your favourite memory from parkrun?

There are so many highlights. The 3rd Birthday run on 2/11/19 was a great day, our daughter and family came and ran, I was the tail walker.

 

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What do you like most about parkrun?

The friendly atmosphere, the location, we live 2 kilometres from Karki and I often go there for a walk.

Are you a walker, jogger, runner or a mixture depending on your mood?

Pam mainly runs, Mike is a walker.

 

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What other activities do you do?

Pam plays netball and collects antique writing equipment. Mike is a keen yacht racer at RMYS and collects woodworking tools. We are both members of the Furniture History Society of Australia and have been cross country skiers for many years at Lake Mountain and downhill skiers at Mt Hotham and the Italian Dolomite Mountains.

What is your current favourite TV show or movie? - i.e: looking for recommendations for all of us in lockdown.

The Crown, Downtown Abbey, Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell, Midsomer Murders etc.

 

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Karkarook parkrun – meet your fellow Karkies – 1 September 2021

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Thanks to Natalie, for another one of her Karki parki mid-week interview sessions.

In this week’s instalment we meet Lesleigh Mather and Phil Walls.

 

When was your first parkrun?
We started on 9th September 2017. We moved from Sydney back to Melbourne during 2017, and when we settled in Parkdale we decided to start parkrunning as something healthy where we could meet some local people.

 

How did you find out about parkrun?
Our friends in Brisbane started parkrunning and were sharing their results on Facebook.

 

Why did you first go to parkrun and did you go on your own or were you invited by a friend or relative?
Friends in Brisbane also challenged us to go to parkrun, Lesleigh needs to keep fit for her job, so it seemed like a good motivation to exercise on the weekend. We have been to most parkruns together, the only things causing us to not go together are other engagements (like work) or when one of us is sick.

 

Where did you do your first parkrun?
We went to Karkarook Park, our friends in Brisbane had sent us the information about our nearest parkrun in the event that they visited us.

 

What were your first impressions or thoughts when you arrived?
A bit nervous, neither of us are runners, and when we do run, we run at different speeds, so we didn't normally exercise together. The welcoming brief, back then, was very inclusive, asking who was a first-timer, and congratulating people on their achievements. It really had a community feel.

 

How many different parkruns have you been to?
Lesleigh has been to 4 different parkruns, Phil to 3. Lesleigh was in Brisbane for a funeral, and joined her friends at Berrinba (south of Brisbane), Lesleigh and Phil both did the Hagley Park (Christchurch NZ) parkrun the week after the Mosque terrorist attack, we wanted to show solidarity with the Christchurch community that terror attacks wouldn't stop us living our lives and enjoying parkrun. We also did Southwark Park in London when we were there holidaying with Phil's American family. While his American family didn't know about parkrun, we were able to meet up with a colleague (now friend) of Lesleigh's and her husband and son, who were in London at the same time. We went half way around the world and caught up with friends from Brisbane at parkrun. We are currently living in Malaysia and have come prepared for parkrun here, but unfortunately the COVID situation doesn't allow that to happen yet, we are both stuck at 90 parkruns.

 

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Where is your favourite parkrun and why?
Karkarook is our favourite parkrun because it is our home parkrun, we now have friends at that parkrun so it is nice to be able to call people by name when you see them, and cheer them along when volunteering out on the course.

 

What is your best memory from parkrun?
Would have to be Southwark parkrun, our friend Kris (who is younger and fitter) ran slowly with Lesleigh all the way, She didn't get a PB, but it was amazing to be doing an activity you normally do at home, with a friend from home, on the other side of the world. We walked along the Thames afterwards and went for coffee, almost like parkrun at home.
Why do you like most about parkrun? The positive vibes, you get exercise, fresh air and friendship all wrapped in one.

 

Are you a walker, jogger, runner or a mixture depending on your mood?
A mixture depending on our moods. We used to walk together, but Lesleigh encouraged Phil to run, he has had more PBs than Lesleigh. While we can't currently parkrun in Kuala Lumpur, we go to our local park and do laps for 5km just to feel like we are parkrunning.

 

What other activities do you do?
Mostly walking to keep fit and to explore our surroundings in KL. Lesleigh is a bit of a bookworm, so she needs something like parkrun to make exercise fun.

 

What is your current favourite TV show or Movie – ie: looking for recommendations for all of us in lockdown.
We have been watching several TV programs on Stan, SBS On Demand and iView. We enjoyed "The Last Man on Earth" starring Will Forte, we also like Miracle Workers starring Daniel Radcliffe, but our favourite was probably Plebs starring Tom Basden. Heavily on the comedy side of life, but with the current state of the world, if you can't laugh, you might cry.

 

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Karkarook parkrun Cancellation – 14th August 2021

Hi Folks,

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID 19 restrictions we are experiencing at the moment, parkrun events will remain closed in metro Melbourne until further notice.

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Karkarook parkrun cancellation – 7 August 2021

Hello Folks,

Karkarook parkrun will not be taking place, on Saturday the 7th of August, due to the Covid 19 restrictions that are currently in place in Victoria.

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