Australian Helen Rubin made her UK parkrun debut on Saturday 2 September as part of a seven-week trip across Europe, which began in Copenhagen with an open water swim in the canals. The adventurous lady is no stranger to challenges having competed in the 200-metre butterfly at the World Masters Games in 2013 where she won a bronze medal.
Helen’s Rutland Water Debut Goes Swimmingly
She has also trekked the Great Wall of China in 2015 for Cure Cancer Australia Foundation and participated in five open water events in the Swim Asia Expo in Singapore.
Helen was among 243 finishers at Rutland Water parkrun in Oakham who enjoyed the location, unusually fine weather and a warm welcome from the organiser and volunteers. The VW65-69 runner followed a scenic route around Rutland Water Reservoir consisting of farm track and tarmac. She crossed the line in 1:09:14 and with an age-graded score of 29.73%. She plans to enter another UK parkrun in London in October.
Her main reason for visiting was to take part in an open water night swim at Rutland Water, which she completed after the morning parkrun. Helen is equally enthusiastic about parkrun. To date, she has completed 143 parkruns in 17 locations in six different countries. Her 100th milestone was achieved in San Francisco.
Photo courtesy Peter Ramsey