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4 days ago

Gary Wilmot

This is the moment that @azriel_and_smurf made possible, 3 years ago today... arranging for my son to be at the finish line when I completed South Bank parkrun - the official final 5km of an incredible 5500km journey and experience. That act sums up the generosity and wonderful aspects of human nature that we encountered the whole way across, especially from the parkrun community! I hadn’t seen my boy since the day we set off - cue tears at South Bank for a second time.... #nmmfg #haa2015 #parkrun #loveparkrun @heartsacrossaustralia ... See MoreSee Less

This is the moment that @azriel_and_smurf made possible, 3 years ago today... arranging for my son to be at the finish line when I completed South Bank parkrun - the official final 5km of an incredible 5500km journey and experience. That act sums up the generosity and wonderful aspects of human nature that we encountered the whole way across, especially from the parkrun community! I hadn’t seen my boy since the day we set off - cue tears at South Bank for a second time.... #nmmfg #haa2015 #parkrun #loveparkrun @heartsacrossaustralia

4 days ago

Gary Wilmot

Over an hour running up and down the path at the end of my street 😳 250m hard / 250m easy - 12 times. Nice session - thanks coach @alleyhfa 😜 #nmmfg #makelifeamazing #lifestylereboot #training #gettingitdone ... See MoreSee Less

Over an hour running up and down the path at the end of my street 😳 250m hard / 250m easy - 12 times. Nice session - thanks coach @alleyhfa 😜 #nmmfg #makelifeamazing #lifestylereboot #training #gettingitdone

6 days ago

Gary Wilmot

one incredible moment, captured 3 years ago today. It’s impossible to describe how it felt that day, walking into Brisbane with friends and supporters, a goal set, planned for and achieved. We raised a good few dollars, met some amazing and wonderful people, encountered so many positive aspects of human nature... in many ways I’m still processing what it all meant, the long term impacts... and feeling the pull to freedom each time I see an open road... it was amazing, and I remain grateful to those who played there part in making it happen, and those who became part of the story as it all unfolded. #nmmfg #makelifeamazing #haa2015 #perth2brisbane #smallsteps2greatachievements @heartsacrossaustralia @heartfoundationaustralia @hokaoneoneaustralia @tailwindnutritionaustralia @usanainc @parkrunau ... See MoreSee Less

one incredible moment, captured 3 years ago today. It’s impossible to describe how it felt that day, walking into Brisbane with friends and supporters, a goal set, planned for and achieved. We raised a good few dollars, met some amazing and wonderful people, encountered so many positive aspects of human nature... in many ways I’m still processing what it all meant, the long term impacts... and feeling the pull to freedom each time I see an open road... it was amazing, and I remain grateful to those who played there part in making it happen, and those who became part of the story as it all unfolded. #nmmfg #makelifeamazing #haa2015 #perth2brisbane #smallsteps2greatachievements @heartsacrossaustralia @heartfoundationaustralia @hokaoneoneaustralia @tailwindnutritionaustralia @usanainc @parkrunau

 

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Incredible journey that continues today 😎

Amazing Gazza! Truly epic achievement you are rightly entitled to feel very proud of😊 What a legend and inspiration x

No words..just immense respect !

Wow! 3 years!!!

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1 week ago

Gary Wilmot

Making progress again on the @run_down_under virtual run around Australia. Hoping to stay just inside first 30 finishers and not be virtually overtaken by any more people lol About 500km or so to go. ... See MoreSee Less

Making progress again on the @run_down_under virtual run around Australia. Hoping to stay just inside first 30 finishers and not be virtually overtaken by any more people lol About 500km or so to go.

1 week ago

Gary Wilmot

what an awesome little trot around Roleystone, while the little leaguers did their training! A gorgeous Spring morning, but the hills! There are no flat surfaces in Roleystone! #nmmfg #makelifeamazing #spring #lifestylereboot #hills ... See MoreSee Less

what an awesome little trot around Roleystone, while the little leaguers did their training! A gorgeous Spring morning, but the hills! There are no flat surfaces in Roleystone! #nmmfg #makelifeamazing #spring #lifestylereboot #hills

 

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Nope - none 😂

1 week ago

Gary Wilmot

really is no better way to start the weekend - another 101 runners and walkers came down to Tamworth Wetlands parkrun this morning, and I did my 30 minute easy paced run as part of completing my second official run of the event. So good to see the event gelling and community spirit building. #parkrun #loveparkrun #nmmfg #makelifeamazing #training #letsgohoka #timetofly #lifestylereboot ... See MoreSee Less

really is no better way to start the weekend - another 101 runners and walkers came down to Tamworth Wetlands parkrun this morning, and I did my 30 minute easy paced run as part of completing  my second official run of the event. So good to see the event gelling and community spirit building. #parkrun #loveparkrun #nmmfg #makelifeamazing #training #letsgohoka #timetofly #lifestylereboot

 

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I had a great day at #pallaraparkrun yesterday too! Still only 17 runners, but a great bunch of people. I really enjoyed seeing runners on every part of the course. It was a moment of reflection on what's been accomplished to get to this stage ☺️

You did this.....its the most wonderful event..thank you

1 week ago

Gary Wilmot

Yeah really did not want to get up and do this session this morning! But the thought of having to do it tonight instead was worse...
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Yeah really did not want to get up and do this session this morning! But the thought of having to do it tonight instead was worse... 
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#nmmfg #makelifeamazing #lifestylereboot #training #gotitdone

1 week ago

Gary Wilmot

Been wearing these for over a year now... initially I would just put them on to read menus or small fonts in documents... I did find the computer and phone screens were sharper too, but tried to get by without the specs for those. But the more I use them, the more obvious it is that words are fuzzy when I’m not using them to read, and now I find it increasingly difficult to do any close up reading without them (distance vision is still near perfect)

I fear a librarian style spectacles chain may soon become necessary 😜(just kidding, no way will I go down that route!)

At least I have hair and it’s not grey? 🤣
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Been wearing these for over a year now... initially I would just put them on to read menus or small fonts in documents... I did find the computer and phone screens were sharper too, but tried to get by without the specs for those. But the more I use them, the more obvious it is that words are fuzzy when I’m not using them to read, and now I find it increasingly difficult to do any close up reading without them (distance vision is still near perfect)

I fear a librarian style spectacles chain may soon become necessary 😜(just kidding, no way will I go down that route!)

At least I have hair and it’s not grey? 🤣

 

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Not the end of the world. I've been wearing glasses since I was 5.

They suit you 😊 so what is so wrong with wearing glasses most of your family do, so joined the club at last lol 🤓🤣🤣🤣

Alas my eyesight has gone that way too 🤓

Snap on all counts 😀

2 weeks ago

Gary Wilmot

40 minutes tempo - pace and effort were fairly steady, though pace was affected by the ups and downs. Happy with the effort though
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40 minutes tempo - pace and effort were fairly steady, though pace was affected by the ups and downs. Happy with the effort though 
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https://www.strava.com/activities/1835322193
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#nmmfg #makelifeamazing #lifestylereboot #tourdebaldivis #timetofly #training #gettingitdone

2 weeks ago

Gary Wilmot

Hmmm... talk about going in reverse! On the left, 3 years ago to the day in Ballina. On the right, sat at my desk in work.

Hair about the same, eyebrows less wild now, but the face is showing far too much evidence of too much desk and not enough physical activity.

Have to say, walking and running the highways of Australia was amazing, but it did very little for the good habits I built up between 2012 and 2015!

Determined to head back to that place now though - have a solid couple of months of training under my belt now, and starting to feel like a runner again. Hopefully things will start to gather momentum!

#nmmfg #makelifeamazing #backtothefuture #workinprogress #lifestylereboot
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Hmmm... talk about going in reverse! On the left, 3 years ago to the day in Ballina. On the right, sat at my desk in work. 

Hair about the same, eyebrows less wild now, but the face is showing far too much evidence of too much desk and not enough physical activity.

Have to say, walking and running the highways of Australia was amazing, but it did very little for the good habits I built up between 2012 and 2015!

Determined to head back to that place now though - have a solid couple of months of training under my belt now, and starting to feel like a runner again. Hopefully things will start to gather momentum!

#nmmfg #makelifeamazing #backtothefuture #workinprogress #lifestylereboot

 

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80% diet, 20% activity. You can do more exercise but unless you change your diet, you won't see a massive change.

I'm in the same boat, at the moment Gary - bloody Facebook memories remind me all the time that I didn't save the results of my hard work! Makes obeying the 'Don't look back, you're not going that way' mantra bloody hard! 🙂

I love that face 😍 you are going to get there love x takes time you have the determination xx

2 weeks ago

Gary Wilmot

75 minute long slow run. 40% chance of rain, 100% got soaked 😜

www.strava.com/activities/1831203491

#nmmfg #makelifeamazing #springshowers #australiadayultra #adu100km #training #timetofly #tourdebaldivis
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75 minute long slow run. 40% chance of rain, 100% got soaked 😜 

https://www.strava.com/activities/1831203491

#nmmfg #makelifeamazing #springshowers #australiadayultra #adu100km #training #timetofly #tourdebaldivis

 

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Oh dear! Always the way 🙃 at least you are out there doing it.

2 weeks ago

Gary Wilmot

If it hadn’t been for this emergency stop to remove “a rock” from his shoe (it was,perhaps, a grain of sand) I swear we would have finished top 10 😜 #nmmfg #fathersonmoments #wouldhavebeenapbhonest #parkrun #loveparkrun #thingstodoinbaldivis #tamworthwetlands #tamworthwetlandsparkrun ... See MoreSee Less

If it hadn’t been for this emergency stop to remove “a rock” from his shoe (it was,perhaps, a grain of sand) I swear we would have finished top 10 😜 #nmmfg #fathersonmoments #wouldhavebeenapbhonest #parkrun #loveparkrun #thingstodoinbaldivis #tamworthwetlands #tamworthwetlandsparkrun

 

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Dads doing what dads do 😍😍...sacrificing PBs !!

2 weeks ago

Gary Wilmot

The flood water is almost all the way down to the western turnaround point at Tamworth Wetlands parkrun, and to the East, there’s now one flooded section that is@now restricting our options on that side too. The good news is we had a very successful event on a double out-and-back alternative course, and another #Baldivis weekend has started with 126 happy smiling runners and walkers enjoying the beautiful Tamworth Wetlands reserve. Even better
Is the fact that my son and I finally recorded our first official TW parkrun times 😊 #baldivisisok #loveparkrun
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The flood water is almost all the way down to the western turnaround point at Tamworth Wetlands parkrun, and to the East, there’s now one flooded section that is@now restricting our options on that side too. The good news is we had a very successful event on a double out-and-back alternative course, and another #Baldivis weekend has started with 126 happy smiling runners and walkers enjoying the beautiful Tamworth Wetlands reserve. Even better
Is the fact that my son and I finally recorded our first official TW parkrun times 😊 #baldivisisok #loveparkrun

 

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#togsrequired #duathlon

2 weeks ago

Gary Wilmot

we are locked and loaded - all ready to deliver another #free #timed #5km event down at #tamworthwetlandsparkrun tomorrow,8am. We might be short of a photographer volunteer tomorrow, but there will be a wet conditions alternative course to experience, lots of high five opportunities and no shortage of happy smiling faces! #loveparkrun #parkrundayformerlyknownassaturday ... See MoreSee Less

we are locked and loaded - all ready to deliver another #free #timed #5km event down at #tamworthwetlandsparkrun tomorrow,8am. We might be short of a photographer volunteer tomorrow, but there will be a wet conditions alternative course to experience, lots of high five opportunities and no shortage of happy smiling faces! #loveparkrun #parkrundayformerlyknownassaturday

2 weeks ago

Gary Wilmot

There was much merriment and joy to be had last night, as the Tamworth Wetlands parkrun tokens celebrated the safe return of “twelve” from its adventures. Just in time for event number 5. Tamworth Wetlands #parkrun is a #freeandactive 5km timed run or walk, held every Saturday morning in #Baldivis - open to everyone of all ages and abilities, we currently have around 125 people who start their weekend in a healthy outdoor activity, surrounded by positive, friendly like-minded souls and the occasional kangaroo. It’s the best way to start your weekend! #nmmfg #loveparkrun #parkruneve ... See MoreSee Less

There was much merriment and joy to be had last night, as the Tamworth Wetlands parkrun tokens celebrated the safe return of “twelve” from its adventures. Just in time for event number 5. Tamworth Wetlands #parkrun is a #freeandactive 5km timed run or walk, held every Saturday morning in #Baldivis - open to everyone of all ages and abilities, we currently have around 125 people who start their weekend in a healthy outdoor activity, surrounded by positive, friendly like-minded souls and the occasional kangaroo. It’s the best way to start your weekend! #nmmfg #loveparkrun #parkruneve

2 weeks ago

Gary Wilmot

Rest day for me today, so please enjoy this #dramaticsky taken as the sun rises over #Baldivis. It’s officially Spring already, but the Mother Nature knows it is still Winter until the Equinox 😃

#nmmfg #makelifeamazing #baldivisisok #moments
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Rest day for me today, so please enjoy this #dramaticsky taken as the sun rises over #Baldivis. It’s officially Spring already,  but the Mother Nature knows it is still Winter until the Equinox 😃

#nmmfg #makelifeamazing #baldivisisok #moments

3 weeks ago

Gary Wilmot

It’s hard to tell from the photo, but this is a hill. It’s not a particularly huge hill by trail standards, and has somewhere about 20m elevation from top to bottom. I probably only did about half that elevation each time I ran it, but I did that 7 times and was glad of the slow walk back afterwards 😜 #nmmfg #makelifeamazing #training #hills #baldivis #baldivisisok #baldivisishilly #timetofly #adu100km ... See MoreSee Less

It’s hard to tell from the photo, but this is a hill. It’s not a particularly huge hill by trail standards, and has somewhere about 20m elevation from top to bottom. I probably only did about half that elevation each time I ran it, but I did that 7 times and was glad of the slow walk back afterwards 😜 #nmmfg #makelifeamazing #training #hills #baldivis #baldivisisok #baldivisishilly #timetofly #adu100km

3 weeks ago

Gary Wilmot

How’s this for a fun way to clock up some #MyMarathonAU kms at the start of October? The Forest series really is a lot of fun with a bunch of ultra and trail running crazies. Clever thing is, you don’t have to run an ultra to be part of it!

Warning: you’ll probably end up running an ultra one day if you sign up 😜

#nmmfg #makelifeamazing #trailrunning #ultrarunning #allthecrazypeopleEntries have now opened for the first event of our Forest Series.

It’s time to get a little freaky!

The Haunted Pines takes runners through the boo-tiful trails of Carabooda on Saturday 6 October.

Choose from the following distances - 12.5km, 25km or 50km.

Spook yourself silly on this night run which will leave you howling at the moon.

Early bird entries are terrifyingly low at $50 - but only until midnight Sunday 9 September.

Follow the link now before you chicken out buff.ly/2PCxG56
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How’s this for a fun way to clock up some #MyMarathonAU kms at the start of October? The Forest series really is a lot of fun with a bunch of ultra and trail running crazies. Clever thing is, you don’t have to run an ultra to be part of it! 

Warning: you’ll probably end up running an ultra one day if you sign up 😜

#nmmfg #makelifeamazing #trailrunning #ultrarunning #allthecrazypeople

3 weeks ago

Gary Wilmot

So who’s up for a cheeky little Marathon distance over the course of October? 42.2kms walked, jogged, sprinted or crawled... over a few hours or the whole month - it’s up to you!

To join the HAA team, register at www.mymarathon.com.au and specify Hearts Across Australia as your team 😊

or to donate, head to mymarathon2018.everydayhero.com/au/gary

#HAA2018 #heartsacrossaustralia #mymarathonau
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So who’s up for a cheeky little Marathon distance over the course of October? 42.2kms walked, jogged, sprinted or crawled... over a few hours or the whole month - it’s up to you!

To join the HAA team, register at https://www.mymarathon.com.au and specify Hearts Across Australia as your team 😊

or to donate, head to https://mymarathon2018.everydayhero.com/au/gary

#HAA2018 #heartsacrossaustralia #mymarathonau

3 weeks ago

Gary Wilmot

@medibank recently gave away these @parkrunau goal trackers to celebrate reaching their goal of 40 #freeandactive #parkrun launches. My own home event (Tamworth Wetlands in #Baldivis) was one of them.

The three goals you see on the left are big picture goals, and they will all form part of the next phase of the overall journey. Indeed, they will feed into each other; weight loss leading to faster times and increased the endurance, and vice versa in a virtuous circle of sorts.

The goal on the right is more specific - I previously stopped at the 75km mark in January 2017, but at next year’s #australiadayultra I intend to go the whole distance, and within the 15 hour cut off. Average 9 minutes per km sounds easy right? 😜
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@medibank recently gave away these @parkrunau goal trackers to celebrate reaching their goal of 40 #freeandactive #parkrun launches. My own home event (Tamworth Wetlands in #Baldivis) was one of them. 

The three goals you see on the left are big picture goals, and they will all form part of the next phase of the overall journey. Indeed, they will feed into each other; weight loss leading to faster times and increased the endurance, and vice versa in a virtuous circle of sorts. 

The goal on the right is more specific - I previously stopped at the 75km mark in January 2017, but at next year’s #australiadayultra I intend to go the whole distance, and within the 15 hour cut off. Average 9 minutes per km sounds easy right? 😜

 

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great goals. I think we're in about the same headspace again... my next goal is to focus on healthier eating habits, leading to weight loss & better running.

3 weeks ago

Gary Wilmot

800m run completed again this morning, to finish off a strength session, and a moment taken to reflect where things were at 3 years ago. While current fitness and endurance seem a long way from those that had (on this date) taken me to northern NSW, that epic adventure also serves as a reminder that everything is achieved one step at a time, and that if you keep taking those steps, no matter what, you might be surprised how far you can go.

Also, it was this day that @shellsmiracles family met me on the road, and also @tailwindnutritionaustralia popped up for a second time!

#nmmfg #makelifeamazing #awesomepeople #smallsteps2greatachievements #training #timetofly @alleyhfa @heartsacrossaustralia @hokaoneoneaustralia @heartfoundationaustralia
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800m run completed again this morning, to finish off a strength session, and a moment taken to reflect where things were at 3 years ago. While current fitness and endurance seem a long way from those that had (on this date) taken me to northern NSW, that epic adventure also serves as a reminder that everything is achieved one step at a time, and that if you keep taking those steps, no matter what, you might be surprised how far you can go.

Also, it was this day that @shellsmiracles family met me on the road, and also @tailwindnutritionaustralia popped up for a second time!

#nmmfg #makelifeamazing #awesomepeople #smallsteps2greatachievements #training #timetofly @alleyhfa @heartsacrossaustralia @hokaoneoneaustralia @heartfoundationaustralia

 

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So conclusion is: not as fit as 3 years ago, must go walkabout. This time to Darwin via Moora, Port Hedland and Kununurra parkruns 😉

You Have the determination to win the fight, its not easy but you can do this Xx

You can do this Gary 😀

You’ve got this Gary

You can do this Gary. 😉

Absolutely!

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3 weeks ago

Gary Wilmot

It’s a rest day on the plan, so just a little half mile run at the end of a short daily body weight routine.

Less than 4 months until 6 inch, and just under 5 months until ADU 100km - feeling more like a runner after the past couple of months training under the guidance of @alleyhfa and looking forward to pushing towards those goals over the next few months.

#nmmfg #makelifeamazing #ADU #100km #ultrarunning #6inchtrailmarathon #47km #trailrunning #training #goals #makeithappen
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It’s a rest day on the plan, so just a little half mile run at the end of a short daily body weight routine.

Less than 4 months until 6 inch, and just under 5 months until ADU 100km - feeling more like a runner after the past couple of months training under the guidance of @alleyhfa and looking forward to pushing towards those goals over the next few months. 

#nmmfg #makelifeamazing #ADU #100km #ultrarunning #6inchtrailmarathon #47km #trailrunning #training #goals #makeithappen

3 weeks ago

Gary Wilmot

So we have a bit of a puddle on the course at Tamworth Wetlands parkrun currently, and I am loving how people are embracing it and even enjoying it. The real highlight so far has to be this video created by one of our parkrunners....

www.facebook.com/609481056102877/posts/671567389894243/

#loveparkrun #parkrun #puddleofdoom #baldivis #baldivisisok
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So we have a bit of a puddle on the course at Tamworth Wetlands parkrun currently, and I am loving how people are embracing it and even enjoying it. The real highlight so far has to be this video created by one of our parkrunners....

https://www.facebook.com/609481056102877/posts/671567389894243/

#loveparkrun #parkrun #puddleofdoom #baldivis #baldivisisok

 

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Admit it Gary, you are secretly introducing them to the world of trail running? !!😆

Lol. That’s quite a puddle. Makes me laugh when I think of the tiny puddles on our course people were avoiding yesterday, and when I ran through one and splashed someone they got poopy with me 🤣🤣 #findyourinnerchild

3 weeks ago

Gary Wilmot

Yay! First run back after #manflu #recovery 30 minutes easy pace on part of the Tamworth Wetlands parkrun course. Now for #coffee and to start setting up for #parkrun
#nmmfg #makelifeamazing #lifestylereboot #training #timetofly #loveparkrun #parkrunday @alleyhfa @run_down_under @hokaoneoneaustralia
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Yay! First run back after #manflu #recovery 30 minutes easy pace on part of the Tamworth Wetlands parkrun course. Now for #coffee and to start setting up for #parkrun 
#nmmfg #makelifeamazing #lifestylereboot #training #timetofly #loveparkrun #parkrunday @alleyhfa @run_down_under @hokaoneoneaustralia

 

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Well done mate! I'm in Perth next week, but not sure I'll have much free time...

Glad to see you looking much better 😊

Well done to you.

3 weeks ago

Gary Wilmot

it’s that time of the week again - #parkruneve - we have another new RD debuting tomorrow, and we are already at event number four! #parkrun really is a fantastic way to get moving in the outdoors, hanging out with positive-minded like-minded people, feeling part of a community, and the chance to give back through volunteering as well. Truly, what’s not to love? Look forward to seeing maybe 130 happy smiling parkrunners, run, jog or walk the gorgeous 5km course at Tamworth Wetlands at 8am tomorrow (run briefing at 7:45)

Hopefully get my own 30 minute easy pace run done before dropping the cones in place, and setting up the scanning area and flags 😊

#loveparkrun #parkrunday @parkrunau @parkrun #nmmfg #makelifeamazing #baldivis #baldivislife #baldivisisok
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it’s that time of the week again - #parkruneve - we have another new RD debuting tomorrow, and we are already at event number four! #parkrun really is a fantastic way to get moving in the outdoors, hanging out with positive-minded like-minded people, feeling part of a community, and the chance to give back through volunteering as well. Truly, what’s not to love? Look forward to seeing maybe 130 happy smiling parkrunners, run, jog or walk the gorgeous 5km course at Tamworth Wetlands at 8am tomorrow (run briefing at 7:45)

Hopefully get my own 30 minute easy pace run done before dropping the cones in place, and setting up the scanning area and flags 😊

#loveparkrun #parkrunday @parkrunau @parkrun #nmmfg #makelifeamazing #baldivis #baldivislife #baldivisisok
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