Care Home Residents 103 And 92 Take Part In Park Run

103A ‘team’ of residents from a Salisbury care home proved that age is just a number by competing in the city’s popular Park Run.

Amongst the competitors from Colten Care’s Braemar Lodge was Dora Williams, 92, who was the oldest person to compete the 5k course on foot.

Iris Stowell, 103, was amongst a group of four residents who tackled the course in wheelchairs.

Dora practised for the popular event by borrowing a pedometer from a member of Braemar Lodge’s staff and walking regularly at Salisbury’s Victoria Park.

She completed the four lap-course of Churchill Gardens in an impressive 1hr 22 minutes.

Iris was supported at the event by her daughter, granddaughter and two great grandchildren.

While her fellow wheelchair competitors Dennis Johnson, Betty Winter and Trish Stadward, were accompanied by 10 Braemar Lodge staff and their families.

Around 500 people took part in the Park Run, which is staged each week and attracts runners of all ages and abilities from across the region.

Race Director Jeff Hutchby said: “If anyone has ever wondered if Park Run is for them we hope they will look to the Braemar Lodge residents for inspiration.

“They really are an incredible group of people and we are honoured to count them within our growing ranks.”

Alison Bremner, manager of Braemar Lodge was also full of admiration for her residents and thanked the Park Run community for its support.

She said: “We can’t thank everyone enough for being so wonderfully welcoming to the residents and staff from Braemar Lodge and for helping us to prove that age is just a number.”

She continued: “Perhaps we are the world’s first park run care home?

“Who knows? But I know we all certainly want to do it again!”


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