27th April 2019

As we didn't have a run this week, we have an inspirational story instead from one of our regular parkrunners Jaxx.

Nine years ago I was knocked down by a bus when leaving work. I was in hospital for a year having sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury, my life changed forever .

When out of hospital one day, I saw a group of people exercising in a park, and thought it would be good to go running with them. To my horror, I found I couldn't actually run - my arms and legs went everywhere except forwards. However, I persevered and trained and eventually found I could run, - not very elegantly and not very fast but I managed.

I moved from London to Bath and read about the parkrun. In 2015, I took part in my first run. The atmosphere was thrilling, the people very friendly and the route beautiful.

Running with a group helps my pace, style and stamina . I am enormously proud that on the 13/04/19 was my 50th parkrun - an achievement , as I couldn't even walk after my accident. If I can do it, anyone can do it.

I'd recommend coming along to everyone - old , young , fit , disabled. The parkrun is totally inclusive.

It's a great start to the weekend, you can go at your own pace, you meet lovely people, run or indeed even walk, in beautiful surroundings, and YES can have a full English Breakfast when you get home without feeling guilty!

Jaxx celebrating her 50th parkrun