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Meet the R4R Runners #63
Firstly, thank you to all the people that have responded to the invite for taking part in the ‘Meet the R4R Runners’. It’s great that you’ve done so and I’m looking forward to posting your answers.
This week is the 63rd ‘Meet the Runners’ and in it, we get to meet Paul Beath, who’s a regular on Friday mornings. He’s a relatively new runner at R4R, but he’s a bloke who’s bought into our goal and community, and we’re stoked to have him!
So, without further ado, let’s meet Beathy!
What is your name?
Where are you from?
What's your favourite thing about Canberra?
It’s a large country town. A few hours from beach, snow, Sydney. Love the friendship I have developed since first moving here in late 1988.
How did you hear about R4R and when did you first attend?
Been very active post footy with a few things such as triathlon. After getting sick a few years back I was looking for another outlet to commit to. Chatting with Murray and he steered me in this direction.
What's your favourite thing about R4R?
The building community. Previous groups were about pure fitness. I see R4R is about creating opportunities to connect and check in on each other. Getting myself back into shape by keep moving is a great side effect.
What would you like to see R4R do?
Have focus runs. Once a month a special run such as first responders, post sportspersons, mothers, fathers, etc…
This suggestion goes with all the great things already seen.
What's the longest you've ever run?
I have finished 5 IM, 1 UTA. I have completed 2 marathons (NYC, Boston) but these were more a screw you from post cancer so extremely slow.
Are you planning on taking part in any races or events soon or are there any just gone?
Berlin Marathon is locked in for September.
Which three people (alive or dead) would you like to run 6km with?
My father- I would give anything to spend another moment with him.
Nelson Mandela- what he went through to then come out and advocate for looking forward and not backwards. That is greatness.
Ron - an anonymous man who volunteered for NSW cancer. Who called me and listened, just listened.
What does resilience mean to you?
Inner strength to keep moving forward, no matter the stumbles, the falls, the obstacles.
When you look back on the hardest moment/s in your life, is there anything you wish you could have told yourself?
First responder, cancer battler, father, divorcee… lots of battles.. but everyone has battles. Be kind and caring to all as some battles aren’t obvious.
Thanks, Beathy - there are some gems in there.
Canberra Running Festival (2 weeks away!)
Join us for the Canberra Times Running Festival on April 16, 2023! This event has something for everyone, whether you want to run a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, or the 2K kids run. If you don’t have a team already, we invite you to sign up for the ‘Running for Resilience’ team and celebrate together after the race, at either the Jetty or the Dock (we’ll confirm closer to the date).
Around the Grounds
A cracking turnout by R4R Runners at Parkrun on the weekend just gone! If you didn’t know, Parkrun is a great event on Saturday morning at 8 pm, all over the world. If you’re looking for a cracking way to start the weekend, look no further.