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Meet the R4R Runners #40
Welcome to the 40th edition of Meet the R4R Runners. This week we get to meet another Friday morning stalwart, Stacey. Not only is Stacey a gun runner, but she’s also a fantastic person, and always great to have a yarn with over a coffee.
As mentioned in her answers, Stacey runs with other groups throughout Canberra and we’re lucky to make the list! As we get closer to 50 rags, I’m stoked to see the quality of people maintaining and the list of people to be asked growing longer.
But for now, let’s meet Stacey!
What is your name?
Where are you from?
I grew up in Singleton NSW and after a couple of years in Newcastle and Sydney, I moved to Canberra in 2000.
What's your favourite thing about Canberra? (apart from R4R obviously)
There are so many things I love about Canberra; the endless running trails, great coffee, nature reserves, and the ease & calmness of living here. But randomly one of my favourite things is Black Mountain Tower – it doesn’t matter if I am out running trails, walking the lake, at work or making my way back from Sydney – for me it’s a sign that I am almost home.
How did you hear about R4R and when did you first attend?
I had been following R4R on instagram for a while and took the leap on 10 December last year. I was incredibly nervous attending alone and not knowing anyone else. But then I saw Binh, who I knew through Elevate Running, and we chatted for the next 6kms.
What's your favourite thing about R4R?
The openness & honesty of conversations, the laughter and of course the coffee.
Is there anything you'd like to see R4R do?
A weekend jog to welcome the change of seasons, finishing at the Dock of course.
Have you ever run a marathon before? If so, how'd you go?
I ran the 50km at the Stromlo Running Festival in March this year, so my first marathon event was an ultra-marathon (what’s a few extra kms right!!). At times It was tough but I managed to cross the line well within my goal time.
Are you planning on taking part in any races or events soon?
I’ll be heading to Katoomba in October for UTA50. Wish me luck!
Which three people (alive or dead) would you like to run 6km with?
I’ve may have extended the category a little …
Robbie Williams – for the music
Jimmy Carr – for the laughs
Ted Lasso – for the chat
What does resilience mean to you
To me it means moving forward. Acknowledging what was, feeling what is, and allowing yourself the freedom to move forward.