NO EXCUSES: Parkrun participant, 83-year-old John Taylor, completed in his 200th event.
NO EXCUSES: Parkrun participant, 83-year-old John Taylor, completed in his 200th event.

Parkrun contestant, 83, proves age is no excuse

MOST people enjoy a relaxing sleep in on a Saturday morning.

Not John Taylor, from Mooloolaba.

Last month, at the grand age of 83, he ran his 200th Parkrun.

John is not only the oldest person in Australia to reach this milestone, but he can boast being the oldest person in the world.

What an inspiration.

Every Saturday at 7am, six Parkruns are held across the Sunshine Coast.

Nambour is the only run that goes entirely through bush trails.

The trails at Parklands Conservation Park are challenging making it the toughest Parkrun in Australia.

The course has a total elevation of 188 metres which makes John's feat of 200 runs even more remarkable.

John will be turning 84 this year, so if he can do the toughest Parkrun in Australia, what excuse do others have?

Parkrun is a free 5km timed event held every Saturday and run entirely by volunteers.

They are open to everyone and are safe and easy to take part in all across the world.

These events take place in parkland surroundings and people of every ability are encouraged to participate, from walkers or those taking their first steps in running, through to Olympians.

Parkrun aims to have an event in every community that wants one.

To find out more, visit: nambour.

  • Ed Whitlock, 85, of Milton, Ontario, holds more than 80 age group world records at distances from 1500 meters to the marathon. In 2004, at age 73, he ran a 2:54:48 marathon, and he remains the only person over 70 to break three hours in the marathon.
  • Orville Rogers, 98, of Dallas added to his massive collection of accolades in March last year, when he established a new world 1500 metre record of 16:32.19 for 95 to 99 year olds.
  • Stanisław Kowalski, who was born in 1910, in 2014 became the oldest person in Europe to run a 100m race - smashing the record previously held by a 96 year old. He completed a 100m race in just 32.79 seconds - at the ripe old age of 104.
  • Anne Garrett, 80, of Oceanside, California, set an unofficial national half marathon record in the 2015 Surf City USA Marathon and Half Marathon in Huntington Beach women's 80 to 84 age division with a time of 2:13:23.

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