It took one major health scare for Minto’s Terry Baker to become addicted to running.
Mr Baker was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2000.
His doctor gave him the choice of medication or developing an active lifestyle to help manage his condition.
“So I got out and about running each day,” he said.
Fast-forward 18 years and Mr Baker has turned into a parkrun veteran.
The 60-year-old completed his 250th parkrun event at his Campbelltown club on Saturday at Raby.
Mr Baker said his milestone coincided with the club’s 250th parkrun event.
“It was a special way to celebrate I love it here at Campbelltown,” he said.
Mr Baker joined parkrun in late 2012 after hearing about the 5km fitness initiative from a friend.
He has completed 175 parkruns at the Raby course.
Parkruns are held every weekend and Mr Baker has averaged about 40 events annually.
His best parkrun time record is 29 minutes, 29 seconds.
Mr Baker has run at 24 Australian courses, including at several NSW clubs, in Canberra, Adelaide and the Gold Coast.
He also had one special run at San Francisco while on a US holiday in 2015.
Mr Baker has been joined at most events by wife Donna because he doesn’t drive a car.
He said his wife wasn’t as interested in parkrun but had participated in more than 30 events.
“Our pug Jarrah has also done three parkruns.”
Mr Baker said his role at the Campbelltown club included running induction courses for newcomers.
“It gives me a real buzz to see people having a go, that’s exactly how I started.”