Sharon Chesham

"In April 2018 I started a beginners running course with Stopsley Striders. They recommended that we did a parkrun as part of our "homework". I was very nervous about going to parkrun at first as I could only run for a few minutes but the parkrun community were so friendly and encouraging I soon realised I had nothing to worry about.

2019 was a traumatic year for me and I didn't feel like I had control of my life and in unfamiliar surroundings I suffered panic attacks. However, parkrun was a familiar and safe place for me and most weeks I continued to go and this helped me get through one of the darkest times in my life. The sense of achievement I felt after doing a parkrun & the community spirit helped me fight back against the dark days."