Peter completes 250th parkrun across the world
Makhanda’s Peter Stockwell (72), a retired bookkeeper, ran his 250th parkrun this October and the Makhanda community baked him a special cake and made a banner to mark this milestone.
Stockwell started running seriously in 1986 aged 40. Prior to his first parkrun in Makhanda in 2014, he had been running the Port Elizabeth and the United Kingdom parkrun, the Two Oceans Marathon, he ran in the 2000 Millennial Comrades and many more marathons that he cannot even remember.
“The Makhanda parkrun is challenging at my age because of the hills and valleys. My age is actually a handicap on this one, but I have managed to clock 32 minutes which is 3 minutes longer than my time in the UK, but their park is on a flat surface,” he enthuses.
Stockwell is a fan of this small community 5km parkrun that happens at the Botanical Gardens every Saturday at 8am. He also volunteers to set up before the run starts, meaning he has to be at the park by 7am every Saturday. His next target is the Port Alfred run, just for a change of scenario.
“I love running, it keeps me fit. Parkrun is fun because the Botanical Gardens are beautiful. You also meet families of all ages and get time to get out and exercise with other people. My wife used to walk a lot, but she had a stroke in 2006 and she does not get a chance to do what I do. I do not take it for granted.”
Parkruns started in 2004, are hosted all over the world and are free for runners, joggers and walkers of all ages. East London has a few parkruns at the Cambridge Sports Club (5km), Nahoon Point (5.3km), Python (11.9km), Sunrise-on-Sea (15.5km), Kidds Beach (26.4km) every Saturday at 8am. All you need to do is register via the website: www.parkrun.co.za/register.