John Robson's 500th parkrun
John Robson has just become the 1st STAC to do 500 parkruns and only the 284th person ever to reach this milestone! John tells us about his absolutely epic parkrun journey.
How did it all start?
What keeps you doing it for all this time?
The official milestones have always kept me going too but as parkrun events started spreading so did the appetite to visit them; parkrun tourism was born and ‘let’s do all the Leeds ones’ soon turned into ‘let’s do all the Yorkshire ones’ and once Nick and I got chatting regularly things escalated quickly as anyone who has been on one of Nick’s and Robbo’s parkrun Tours will appreciate! I’d forgotten how many great tours we’ve done so there are a few of my fave photos from different adventures! More generally I just really enjoy having a 5k blast on a Saturday morning and seeing a few mates – it’s a great way to start the weekend.
How has parkrun changed over the years?
I remember when milestone t-shirts were presented during the run brief and there was a jacket as well as a t-shirt for 100. Those are real collectors’ items nowadays. How old do I sound? junior parkrun arriving on the scene was huge and opened the joys of parkrun to a new generation. More recently I think the Virtual Volunteer app is a brilliant innovation and makes everything much easier for all involved. Allowing barcodes to be scanned from phones/watches was a great change too.
What’s been your most memorable tourist destination?
With all the destinations you go to has it ever not gone to plan?
Closer to home you’ve been involved in TN parkrun since the beginning, understand that ‘course b’ is your doing?
What next? Are you going to do another 500?