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Monday Morning Motivation: Perry Shoemaker

Perry Shoemaker racing at the Army Ten-Miler in 2016.

Perry Shoemaker is a 48-year-old mother of three who has qualified for the US Olympic Trials in February. As one of 380 women, she knows she is unlikely to qualify for Team USA, but as someone who is double the age of other qualifiers, she is an inspirational woman. Shoemaker Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Marianne Heading

Maraianne Heading with snow all around her and snow on her eyelashes.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is courtesy of Marianne Heading. She is a female ultra runner who, like Jasmin Paris, has proved that when it comes to really long distances women can compete with (and beat) men. Heading was the winner of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 300 mile race Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: John MacPhee

John MacPhee chatting with another man.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is an episode of Jessica’s parkrun Heroes. It features John MacPhee, a parkrunner with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a condition where the brain becomes progressively damaged. It has a number of symptoms including stiff muscles, slow movement and tremors. John MacPhee lives in an Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: George Webster

George Webster taking a selfie with a group of his parkrunning friends.

The star of this week’s Monday Morning Motivation is George Webster. George is a parkrunner (and volunteer) at Woodhouse Moor parkrun. He also has Down Syndrome. George presents a George Webster film: young, Leeds parkrunner STAR George Webster turns reporter in this touching and fun film. Don’t miss his hilarious Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Gareth Yeoman

Close up of Gareth Yeoman wearing a red parkrun 50 t-shirt.

Jessica’s parkrun Heroes included the story of Gareth Yeoman. It was an episode that resonated with me as Gareth has battled with his weight for many years. parkrun and other forms of exercise have transformed his life. Welshman Gareth had struggled with his weight since his teens. He’d heard the Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Briar Nolet

Composite image showing Briar Nolet in 4 different poses showcasing her flexibility.

Dance was my first passion. From the age of 5 until I was 20, I took regular dance classes. by my first year at university, I was dancing six days a week. It was my favourite form of escapism, even though I never had any natural talent in that area. Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Kirsty Morley

Kirsty Morley wearing a parkrun apricot t-shirt to represent her home run (Warrington).

Kirsty Morley, one of Jessica’s parkrun Heroes, provides this week’s Monday Morning Motivation. This is the powerful story of a Warrington single mum, who learned to run – from ‘lamp post-to-lamp post’ – to support her little boy Teddy at junior parkrun. It’s also the empowering story of her struggle Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Xolani Luvuno and Hein Venter

Xolani Luvuno and Hein Venter running together.

Can you imagine having a leg amputated after having bone cancer? Such a life-changing situation would affect each of us in a different way. For Xolani Luvuno, it was a step on the path to homelessness and drug addiction. However, a chance encounter with Hein Venter changed his life. Venter Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Rosy Ryan

Rosy Ryan talking to two friends.

This week’s inspiration is courtesy of Rosy Ryan, a parkrunner with pancreatic cancer. Rosy’s story was featured on Jessica’s parkrun Heroes. Belfast based, Irish-American Rosy, is a barrister who’s full of infectious enthusiasm for parkrun and for life. She oozes positivity and a ‘can-do’ spirit. Yet behind Rosy’s smiley demeanour Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Buggsie Heath-Brown

Buggsie running.

Today’s inspiration is Buggsie Heath-Brown, a parkrunner with breast cancer. An episode of Jessica’s parkrun Heroes focuses on Buggsie’s story. Buggsie Heath-Brown is a larger-than-life character who loves her local Gladstone park. If she’s not appearing in disguise then she’s encouraging new parkrunners. But she is also hiding a secret Read more…