SUPER SENIORS: Gary McDonald, Ann Henschell and Kathy McKenzie are among seniors who will takeover parkrun this Saturday for Seniors Week.
SUPER SENIORS: Gary McDonald, Ann Henschell and Kathy McKenzie are among seniors who will takeover parkrun this Saturday for Seniors Week. Contributed

Seniors prove age is just a number with parkrun takeover

THE phrase "age is just a number” will be one of many age themed quotes lining the parkrun track tomorrow and setting the tone for the day as seniors set out to prove you're never too old to get involved.

In celebration of Seniors Week, the Dalby parkrun is hosting their first Seniors Takeover, where all volunteering roles will be taken up by seniors or "seniors in the making”.

Ann Henschell has been involved with Dalby parkrun since the first run two-and-a-half years ago and has clocked up about 105 runs and 25 volunteering efforts.

"There are a few of us there that are seniors and we trot along to parkrun every week and just show then we're not too old for it, not past it.”

Mrs Henschell was the catalyst for the takeover, hoping to encourage more seniors who haven't tried parkrun to get involved.

"It's a good way to keep healthy and keep the joints moving and mainly to have fun, it's only five kilometres...There's no pressure on you to be fast,” she said.

Parkrun director Myfanwy Schenk agreed and said the beauty of parkrun is how it suits a range of participants from children right up to seniors.

"It is what you make of it, no one is forcing you to go at a particular speed or come every week or to volunteer too much,” she said.

"People can feel comfortable to come and participate with what suits them on the day.”

Mrs Schenk said the aim of the day will be to appreciate the seniors for the work they do by placing them in the spotlight.

"Over the years, they've done an awful lot for Dalby and it's good to show them that they are valued and appreciated and we want them to be part of this wonderful thing that is parkrun whatever age factor,” she said. Mrs Henschell and Mrs Schenk agree the day will be a good opportunity for seniors to give parkrun a try.

Parkrun starts at 7am on Saturday at Myall Creek.


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