Jason Drake

A weekly parkrun at Gunnersbury quickly became part of Jason’s weekly schedule after his wife encouraged him to take up running after 25 years.

Q. How did you get into parkrun?

A. My wife encouraged me to take up running again after 25 years of inactivity and the weekly Parkrun at Gunnersbury quickly became part of my weekly schedule. Through parkrun I met members of the local running club, West 4 Harriers, who encouraged me to join the club.

Q. Why do you parkrun?

A. We parkrun because it’s a great way to start the weekend with some exercise and social contact, and it allows us to reconnect each week with our local environment.

Q. Why do you parkrun Together?

A. Because running can be a solitary experience and parkrun provides the chance to run with other people, rather than a race where you are running against other people.

Q. What would be your advice to someone who’s thinking of getting into running?

A. Join a local club and don’t do too much too soon, you will just get injured and end up back at square one.

Q. Have you made any friends through parkrun?

A. We have made many friends through parkrun. I maintain that only 50% of the parkrun experience is actually running, the other 50% is related to the social/community/volunteer aspect. I can walk down my local high street, in the bustling capital city, and always meet people I have gotten to know via the local parkrun.

Parkrun Woodhouse Moor
Parkrun Woodhouse Moor

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