NINE-year-old Rebecca Puccini from Dianella completed her 50th parkrun this month, smashing 5km in just 25 minutes.
The free weekend parkruns started in Perth a few years back and now there’s about a dozen spread across the suburbs.
Rebecca’s dad Alberto says he’d been trying to get her interested in running with him but had no luck, until her friend Amalia invited them along and now they all jog together.
Now hooked, Rebecca does the Maylands Peninsula parkrun almost every weekend.
The modest runner says during her first run, “I got a really bad time! Like 30 minutes or something”.
“I want to beat my dad’s best time: 24 minutes and 45 seconds.”
Her dad’s originally from Italy and says, “I am also trying to convince my friends in Lucca to organise a parkrun on our magnificent ancient walls.”
He plans to send them a copy of the article on Rebecca in the Voice to encourage them.
The Maylands Peninsula parkrun launched in March last year and usually has about 50 or 60 people participating, from beginners who amble along at walking pace to seasoned runners who dash the whole way.
They run every Saturday at 8am and it’s free, and they’re on Facebook at facebook.com/maylandspeninsulaparkrun
by DAVID BELL