Run pair clock 500km
If there were two women who can prove age is just a number, it is this active duo.
In just two short years, Hedland’s Robin King, 61, and Lorraine Rottman, 67, have clocked up 500km between them by taking part in a weekly social group trek known as parkrun.
The global 5km event encourages groups to join the friendly race and logs all data into an international database.
Parkrun was introduced to Hedland almost two years ago, beginning and ending at the Civic Centre gardens, with the milestone 100th event held in town on Saturday.
But the anniversary race was all the more special for these two friends, who each recorded their 50th official run.
Ms King said she and her running partner were proud of their achievement and it showed commitment had nothing to do with age.
“We are all proud of our age — when we go up into a new age group, it is an exciting thing for us,” she said.
“It is so great to see how Hedland has embraced the parkrun — it has ranged from a few of us doing it to more than 70-odd people rocking up. And to be honest, I would have probably had a few more runs to my name, but I often volunteer and help out with putting the run on each week.”
Ms Rottman said there was no doubt she had another 50 runs in her.
“I could not think of a better place to exercise and to run — or walk sometimes ... there is a core group of us over 50 years old, and age means nothing to us at all.”
A special cutting of the cake was held on Saturday, following the weekly event, to celebrate the 100th event.
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