Not one to let life pass him by

Run­ning be­comes a way of life for Paul

Gatton Star - - LIFE COMMUNITY -

Name: Paul Robin

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Farm me­chanic

Age: 60

Mar­i­tal Sta­tus: Mar­ried 41 years

What have you en­joyed most about be­ing in­volved with parkrun?

Be­ing a part of a group of peo­ple who sup­port each other no mat­ter their fit­ness level or age. It’s all about hav­ing fun and stay­ing healthy.

Why did you de­cide to get in­volved with the parkrun?

I was go­ing for a walk one Satur­day morn­ing down at Lake Apex and saw a group of peo­ple run­ning around the Lake. They en­cour­aged me to join in so I did.

Have you met any­one fa­mous, who and when?

I met a man once who was a fighter pilot in World War II. He was shot down be­hind en­emy lines and man­aged to es­cape to his home coun­try.

What is your great­est ac­com­plish­ment in life?

My fam­ily. I’m very lucky to have my son and daugh­ter now live close by and I see them and my beau­ti­ful grand­chil­dren of­ten. It is com­plete chaos when we all get to­gether how­ever I wouldn’t change it for any­thing.

What’s the best ad­vice you’ve ever re­ceived?

Don’t take the lit­tle things for granted. En­joy life, you only get one.

What is the one thing you would like to change in the world?

That all chil­dren through­out the world were looked af­ter and treated well.

Not­with­stand­ing the num­ber, how old do you feel and why?

When I’m at work I feel ev­ery bit of 60, how­ever on hol­i­days I feel 30.

What is your favourite hobby or recre­ation, and why?

I never thought I would say this at 60, how­ever my favourite hobby th­ese days would have to be run­ning.

What is your hap­pi­est child­hood mem­ory?

See­ing the ocean for the first time. I was around 12 when my par­ents took me, I grew up on a farm and we didn’t ven­ture far away from it much. I will never for­get it. What is your favourite place to visit in the district?

Glen Rock Na­tional Park. I love tak­ing the grand­kids for a walk through the old Slab

Hut and talk­ing to them about it. What would you do if you won the Lotto?

Well the first thing I would do is have a beer and think about it. Who are the peo­ple you most ad­mire – dead or liv­ing? My wife and chil­dren. I’m very proud of their achieve­ments and the peo­ple they are.

PHOTO: DO­MINIC ELSOME

FAM­ILY MAN: Paul Robin ran his 250th Park Run at Lake Apex ear­lier this month and cel­e­brated the oc­ca­sion with his grand­chil­dren.

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