People of parkrun: David

David was obese and out of confidence, but turned his life around after attending a Parkrun.

Name: David Noonan

Local parkrun: Ellenbrook, WA

Attending since: October 2014

In August 2014, David moved home to Perth, overweight and struggling to stay motivated to exercise.

“I started off at 144 kilograms,” says David. “It was hard to push myself towards longer or more frequent physical activity.”

It wasn’t until David’s sister suggested joining the Averley parkrun, which she attended with her children, that things started to change for him.

David started with many of the typical first-time parkrun concerns. “I was worried about being required to run, let alone whether I’d even be fast enough,” he admits.

But those concerns disappeared almost immediately, as the parkrun community welcomed him with open arms, excited to have another first-timer in their midst. “People welcomed me to the event, asked where I was from, and just generally gave me a lot of encouragement.”

It got even better once he was out on the course. High fives aplenty were exchanged, shouts of encouragement followed him along the track, and he was even cheered over the finish line.

“My wife thinks I’m crazy because I run too much. I’ve turned into a bit of a parkrun pusher.”

“It was that atmosphere and the encouragement of my family that got me back next week, and the week after that,” David says. “Then they warned me that I’d start to get addicted once I could run the whole five kilometres. I was running about three at that stage, and they were talking about 10 kilometres, and half marathons, and full marathons.” He laughs, “I thought they were crazy.”

He couldn’t have been more wrong. David attended his first parkrun in October 2014, and in 2015, he ran four half marathons and a full marathon, as well turning up to parkrun every week.

“So far this year I’ve done three half marathons, a full marathon, 50 km races on road and trail, and a multitude of smaller events,” he says. “At the end of August I’m running the Perth City to Surf marathon. If you told me I was going to be doing this two years ago I would have laughed.”

David now sits at a comfortable 85kg, feels great, and rarely misses his Saturday morning ritual of coffee, parkrun, then time with the family. “My wife thinks I’m crazy because I run too much,” he jokes, “and I’ve turned into a bit of a parkrun pusher.”

David now volunteers on the event team at Averley parkrun, and is constantly encouraging his friends and work colleagues to come down and give it a go. “I’d like to give something back, in the same way that I received,” he says. “Seeing the regulars at parkrun is great. Seeing new people come and have a go – and then seeing them next week – is even better.”

Start your own parkrun story this September with Personal Better Day

Medibank is proud to partner with parkrun all around Australia. On 3 September 2016, head on down to your local parkrun for Personal Better Day, set yourself a challenge and experience for yourself how good it feels. It’s not about performance – it’s about fun and celebrating everyone crossing the finish line.

Take the first step and find out more about Personal Better Day.

Recommended reading - Recipes on-the-go

Lifestyle

On-the-go breakfast ideas

Easy, delicious ways to kickstart your morning - even when you’re in a rush.

Read more
Recipes

6 quick and easy breakfast ideas

6 easy and healthy breakfast ideas for an inspiring start to the day.

Read more
Recipes

Quick and easy pizza dough recipe

Chef Adrian Richardson’s foolproof pizza dough recipe is ideal for simple summer meals.

Read more
Recipes

Banana buckwheat pancake recipe

There's nothing quite like pancakes for breakfast. Enjoy this wholesome recipe from Lesh Karan.

Read more
Recipes

Homemade Toasted Muesli recipe

This muesli is quick and so yummy – especially when you have a serve straight from the oven.

Read more
Recipes

Coco-Cacao Truffles Recipe

Power up your afternoon with these scrummy treats

Read more
Recipes

Apple and oat pancakes recipe

Warm, oaty pancakes served with rich stewed apples – the perfect way to brighten up your weekend

Read more
Recipes

Roasted apricot yellow couscous with grilled fish recipe

Bill Granger believes in a relaxed approach to good food. Here, he shares a family favourite.

Read more
Recipes

Avocado smash recipe

Avocados are an Australian breakfast staple. Try an Italian twist on your avocado smash.

Read more
Recipes

Vietnamese pho soup recipe

Fresh, healthy Vietnamese Pho soup recipe you can make at home.

Read more
Recipes

Asparagus, leek and pea tart recipe

Asparagus, Leek and Pea Tart is a delicious and easy dish for lunch or dinner.

Read more
Recipes

Sticky date pancake recipe

Wind up your weekend workouts and treat yourself with these delicious sticky date pancakes.

Read more
Recipes

Barbecued island beef recipe

A dish inspired by coconuts and green pastures

Read more
Lifestyle

Salsa verde recipe

This classic condiment by Peter Kuruvita is great with anything, especially barbecued meat

Read more
Recipes

Vietnamese salad recipe

A fresh, healthy summer salad that’s perfect for lunches.

Read more
Recipes

Cucumber and corn salsa recipe

A refreshing corn salsa perfect for summer.

Read more
Recipes

Simple berry bircher recipe

A bircher muesli that takes 2 minutes to prepare - leave overnight and enjoy for breakfast.

Read more
Lifestyle

Carrot and lentil salad recipe

Brighten your day with this hearty salad

Read more
Recipes

Quinoa sushi bowl recipe

Love sushi? Try this unwrapped quinoa sushi bowl recipe for an interesting variation.

Read more
Recipes

Persimmon, rocket, blue cheese and candied walnut salad recipe

The softly sweet taste of persimmons brings Poh Ling Yeow's fresh and healthy salad to life

Read more
Recipes

Cherry smoothie recipe

Cool down this summer with a low-fat smoothie packed full of cherry superpowers.

Read more
Recipes

BBQ lamb cutlets recipe with a yoghurt, feta and mint dipping sauce

Five:am Yogurt provides natural, healthy products. Here they share a delicious recipe for lamb.

Read more
Recipes

Grilled peaches with vanilla ricotta recipe

Enjoy the last of this season's peaches with this delicious recipe from Rachael Finch.

Read more
Recipes

Prawn and mango salad recipe

To kick off Australia's Healthy Weight Week, Sprout Cooking shares a fresh and juicy salad recipe.

Read more
Recipes

Peach and ham crispbread recipe

Savour the stone fruits and impress your guests with a tasty appetiser by Rachael Finch.

Read more
Lifestyle

Pumpkin soup recipe

This simple winter favourite is spicy and fragrant with ginger, nutmeg and cumin

Read more
Recipes

Chargrilled Mediterranean and macadamia salad recipe

The creamy goodness of Australian macadamias paired with chargrilled Mediterranean veggies

Read more
Recipes

Butternut pumpkin tagine recipe

Infused with spices and full of flavour, this pumpkin tagine is comfort food you feel good about.

Read more
Recipes

Lentil shepherd’s pie recipe

A tasty vegetarian twist on a classic, this tasty pie is what chilly winter days were made for.

Read more
Recipes

Thai pumpkin soup recipe

Creamy smooth pumpkin soup with a kick of hot chilli, fragrant lemongrass and coriander.

Read more
Recipes

Crumbed chicken and salsa in pita recipe

Emily Rose Brott shares a great chicken recipe for kids.

Read more
Recipes

Minestrone soup recipe

This minestrone by Dani of Fitness, Food and Style is packed full of antioxidants.

Read more

For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.