Not one to let life pass him by
Running becomes a way of life for Paul
Name: Paul Robin
Occupation: Farm mechanic
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.
FAMILY MAN: Paul Robin ran his 250th Park Run at Lake Apex earlier this month and celebrated the occasion with his grandchildren.