The parkrun is a 5 km run or walk every Saturday morning, organized all over the world, it’s free and it’s a way to stay fit and healthy, open to people of all levels.
Paula, now 53, already plays rounders in the Burnley Rounders League, also qualifying as a referee, and netball.
After running at school she got back into it and in her 50th year in 2018 she decided to run 50 park races with her partner David Dockerty, who works at Rossendale Radio.
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Sadly, David broke his leg taking part in a drop race after running 48, so Paula has run them on her own since then, even getting up during lockdown to do 5k when park races were temporarily halted.
She has now completed 130 official park runs in 102 different locations.
“That means getting up early every Saturday morning and traveling further and further to try and find a new one, but the goal is to keep building new routes,” said Paula de Bury.
“I’ve done parkruns in Belfast, Edinburgh, Newcastle and did my 100th at Bushy Park in London, the site of the original parkrun.
“My fastest time is 26 minutes and 55 seconds, but I’m happy if I get under 30 minutes now.
“My favorite is Crosby, on the beach, and the hardest was Cliffe Castle in Keighley.
“I had all sorts of chaos – I showed up to Pontefract Parkrun once only to have it canceled due to freezing weather so I had to drive to Doncaster where I was 20 minutes late, but they let me start as long as I beat the tailwalker – which luckily I did!
“There are all sorts of challenges in parkrun – the alphabetical parkrun challenge, where you try to do a parkrun starting with each letter of the alphabet – and the Wilson Index where you get points for performing an inaugural parkrun. It never stops!