Norman Phillips aged 92 to compete in his 100th parkrun
Looking for New Year's inspiration?
Norman Phillips will be completing his 100th parkrun at the age of 92 years old. Come join him and see why he loves it so much.
Parkrun is a free weekly timed 5km event for runners and walkers. Norman started his parkrun journey at Kawana parkrun on 29th June 2013 and on Saturday 9th January 2016 he completes his 100th parkrun.
Norman moved over from Kawana parkrun to Brightwater parkrun as the course is flatter around Brightwater Lake as his hip was causing him pain. From time to time he will still stop for a rest and sit down on route.
Norman started running when he was around 61 years young. He's always been fit when he lived in the UK and he cycled to work in all weathers and he used to run a weights gym from his garage.
His first event was the Abbots Langley Fireman's Tough Ten (miles). He then progressed to doing the London marathon aged 63 in a time of 4:29.
"Dad is a true inspiration to myself and many others. Through parkrun we have met many wonderful people and I couldn't imagine life without them all and the parkrun phenomenon. This Saturday he will have completed 100 parkruns - Amazing." said his son, David Phillips who joins his dad at parkrun with his dog Winston.
Brightwater parkrun Event Director Debra Mills said that the family-friendly Brightwater community is very excited to see Norman Phillips complete his 100th parkrun this Saturday and there will be cake to celebrate this amazing milestone. Parkrun is a global phenomenon with 150 events over Australia every Saturday morning.
Norm says that this will be his last parkrun but will continue to support parkrun as a volunteer but Debra says "Never say never as I know how much he loves it." Parkrun is for all ages and fitness levels, whether you run or walk this is a great way to start the weekend.
We are lucky to have a variety of parkruns on the Sunshine Coast from the trails of Nambour to the coastal Town of Seaside, Kawana & Golden Beach through to shaded Noosa and lake view Brightwater.
Sunshine Coast parkruns are always a winner for some parkrun tourism from around the globe.
For more information go to http://www.parkrun.com.au/brightwater/