Paul jogs his way to 250 runs

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

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.

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