Introducing the parkrunners behind the profiles – Deb Roback and Jo Hislop

Ever wondered who’s been editing and posting the weekly Highbury Fields parkrunner profiles? Well wonder no more! This week, as the final post in what has been a quite extraordinary year, we thought it would be nice to tell you a little bit about ourselves!

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We met at Highbury Fields parkrun back in 2013 or 14. We were just 2 women in a fairly small field in those days, when an average week saw 100 or so runners. We ran at a similar pace, towards the back of the field, discovered that we are both “chatty runners” and the friendship was born.

Over the years we have continued to run together, in and out of parkrun, including a weekend in Jersey with some of our other Highbury Fields parkrun friends (which naturally included Jersey parkrun). We have also become more involved with volunteering. Deb is now one of the event directors, along with her husband John, while Jo continues to run and volunteer regularly.

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When lockdown struck back in March, we acted on a suggestion of one of our parkrunners, Connie Osbourne, that it would be lovely to share the stories of the wide range of people who call themselves parkrunners. So many people, of all ages, from varied backgrounds and lifestyles, united every Saturday because of parkrun.

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The stories tell you everything you need to know about how this simple idea of a free, timed, weekly 5k walk/jog/run has impacted millions of people over the past 16 years.
We can’t wait til parkrun can safely start up again, but in the meantime, we will continue to keep connected by publishing profiles for as long as there are parkrunners out there wishing to be featured!

Happy Holidays to you all from Jo & Deb

P.S. If you are interested in taking part in our parkrunner profile series, please email us: highburyfields@parkrun.com