RR: Thank you for providing the link (anyone who wants it - please buy from Wiggle not Amazon, to maximise money going to parkrun). I think I probably need to run North Beach, having written about it - although Umhlanga looks lovely. Of course there's now Dusi parkrun, Pietermaritzberg as well...
lowrez: not sure my running/injury/volunteering life is interesting enough for a book.
I love that paragraph! And when you see what he's done with parkrun in South Africa now - a fantastic legacy.
The short answer: I felt there should be a book for the 10th anniversary and nobody else was writing one. I found myself thinking of ideas for chapters, and starting to write bits in my head, so I suggested it to Paul and he gave me the support I needed to contact so many people and interview them and gather the information.
Behind that... if I hadn't got injured in early 2011 (stress fracture and extensor tendonitis), I wouldn't have started volunteering at Lloyd parkrun every week, wouldn't have been asked to become the Event Director, and wouldn't have written the book! And writing it helped keep me sane while I couldn't run due to my posterior tibial tendon tear.
I love my long runs, but I think parkruns are great, even though they're only 5k. I've seen parkrun change people's lives.
And i think it's really fantastic that there's now an international Comrades runner tradition of running North Beach parkrun in Durban the day before Comrades - I even included that in my book ("parkrun: much more than just a run in the park" - foreword by Bruce Fordyce).