Meet Olivia, London Heathside member, marathon runner, and Highbury Fields parkrun record holder!
What prompted you to join parkrun?
My mum has been doing parkrun since 2011 and finally convinced me to join her in 2013 for my first parkrun in Princes Park, Liverpool. I have always loved running, but it wasn't until 2015 when I moved to Islington, with Highbury Fields around the corner that I started doing parkrun more regularly and have not looked back since.
What’s your most memorable parkrun?
My most memorable parkrun is the New Years Day Double parkrun! Starting at Highbury Fields parkrun and then a big group of people make a dash for the overground to get to Southwark for the second parkrun of the day! Nothing like running a total of 10km before 11am on the first day of the new year even if feeling a little delicate from the night before.
What do you like most about parkrun?
The parkrun community is the best! Everyone I have met at parkrun has been so encouraging and friendly and I love that everyone turns up on a Saturday morning with different goals they want to achieve, whether it be to enjoy it and get round the course or push to get that PB. I also love a post run chat with the other parkrun regulars and often plan to meet up on Sunday morning to do a long run together. I have also joined a local running club, London Heathside, off the back of parkrun which I found out about by speaking to some other runners on a Saturday morning.
Volunteering at parkrun - any thoughts? Favourite volunteering role?
My favourite volunteering role is barcode scanning. I love chatting to people that have just completed parkrun and congratulating them on their achievement. I don't think that there has ever been anyone that has ever finished and regretted doing a parkrun!
How are you coping without parkrun?
Not very well! I miss the routine of getting up on a Saturday morning, heading to Highbury Fields without having to think, running 5 and a bit laps, having a chat with other parkrunners and being home by 10am. It is such a great way to kick start the weekend so I cannot wait for it to be back on and order to be restored.
What are your parkrun goals?
My parkrun goals are to reach 100 runs as soon as I can, whilst also being a bit more adventurous - I have never even run Finsbury Park parkrun and it is only up the road! I would also like to retain my 'Most First Place Finishes' title at Highbury Fields....not that parkrun is competitive in anyway!