Running: Good for the body and good for the mind says parkrun veteran Alan
Athletics / Thu 16th Jan 2020 at 09:50am
RECENTLY, HARLOW Running Club athlete, Alan Wellbelove, ran his 250th parkrun. That is a great achievement. If nothing else, Alan has got up for 250 Saturday mornings and run 5 kilometres (3.1 miles).
Alan ran his first parkrun (Gunpowder in Waltham Abbey) back in 2014 and he has not looked back. If you look at his parkrun profiles you will also see he is quite a parkrun tourist, running dozens around the country.
He is also a loyal and dedicated parkrun volunteer and whether it is as a marshall, pacer or administrator, Alan is a vital cog in Harlow’s running community.
Oh and he is pretty fast as well.
We also wanted to speak to Alan about running and mental health. We asked him why he felt it was important. He also has a role with West Essex Mind and so we wanted to see what running has done for Alan.
We happen to think that Alan is one of Harlow’s unsung heroes. Our interview is below.