This month we feature the woman behind one of the most awe-inspiring medal displays we’ve seen yet. But behind each medal she proudly hangs is a story equally beautiful waiting to be told. Through hard times she found relief in running and now she gives back by sharing her love for running to world.
Without further ado we share to you Melissa Flentjar’s journey, over to you Melissa.
"Three and a half years ago I was morbidly obese but now I started my own parkrun and also founded my own parkrun and sharing the running love bug with so many people.
In 2014 I was 148kg battling depression, raising my 3 year old twins and watching the demise of my parents marriage through alcohol and mental health. I ran one night, it helped clear my mind temporarily so I ran again the next night, and again when my head needed it. I ended up losing 40 kilos and saved my life.
I started Lalor parkrun, because of some alarming local statistics showing that 72% of locals are overweight or obese, prompting me to start Lalor Running Club. It's not just a running club, it’s a safe place for people who need social and emotional support whilst walking or running!
I now need to place an order for a second extension bar display and speak with a builder to get my walls reinforced. Bring on 2018! Run happy run healthy."
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We're super excited about this as we know that behind every collection of medals is an awesome story!