Paul jogs his way to 250 runs
SATURDAY marked a major milestone for Paul Robin, with the 60-year-old running his 250th parkrun at Gatton.
Mr Robin ran his first parkrun on July 13, 2013, and said it was a happy coincidence that led him to taking up the weekly challenge.
“I just came down one morning and saw a few people running around and decided to join in,” Mr Robin explained.
“I’ve just kept going ever since.”
Mr Robin is the first member of the Gatton parkrun to make 250 runs, and in the past two years he’s only missed four weekend runs.
It’s a year of firsts for Mr Robin. He also ran his first marathon on the Gold Coast in July, and said he was thrilled.
“I enjoyed it, loved it actually,” he said.
He said his health had improved tremendously since taking up running, and the weekly challenge at Lake Apex had been perfect training for the marathon.
“I couldn’t run out of sight on a dark night before I started this,” he said.
Mr Robin encouraged more people to get involved in parkrun, and said the event was about fun and fitness, not racing.
“They haven’t got to run flat out, they can walk, a lot of people go really steady,” he said.
“As long as you do it in around an hour that’s the name of the game. It’s not a competition, it’s just good fun.” — Dominic Elsome
RUN IN THE PARK: Paul Robin runs his 250th parkrun at Lake Apex on Saturday.