The weekly parkrun’s have certainly taken on a new dimension and meaning for me. Not only has it become a regular Saturday morning fixturefor me, but a time where I spend connecting with my wife who passed away on the 3rd May 2014 at 8.30 on the Saturday morning. She had completed one parkrun in November 2013
Les was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 8 years ago. She had chemo every year subsequently and in the last 4 years the longest period she went without chemo treatment was 3 months. She was a fighter and vowed to fight and beat the disease. All she wanted from life was to have some quality of life, to complete the Argus cycle race and to be a little bit healthy and fit and do the parkrun’s.
In September 2013 she completed chemo treatment and in November we spent some quality time at the coast and she managed to complete her one and only parkrun at Big Bay. This was such an achievement for her and she was really so proud of her accomplishment. Sadly she never got to complete an Argus cycle Race.
During my run every Saturday morning, I use the time to reflect on our lives together. We travelled a lot when the times were good and loved the outdoors. As I run and battle through each step of the 5km it helps me to reflect back on how she battled every step of the fight against the disease. I will run every week until I each 50 runs and then 100 and until I can't run any longer. Les continued “running” until she could no longer!
Les, every parkrun I do, and every step I run is for you. You taught us all so much in life. How valuable life is, how to fight for it and how quickly it can be taken away from you!,
At present I am instrumental in setting up the Albert's Farm parkrun. It is a park you loved walking in and found so much solitude in. Every run that takes place there will be for you and we will know that you are walking with us.
Attached is a photo of Les doing her one and only Parkrun at Big Bay in Cape Town. It will be a day I will never forget!
- Mike Tippett (Alberts Farm parkrun Director)
- Les Tippett at Parkrun - November 2013