The latest winner in our Brooks competition series shares what makes him Run Happy

I thought I had retired from running for good when I was 63 due largely to problems with my damaged left leg.

Angled Polaroid IanRecently my granddaughter persuaded me to do a charity mile with her and I was so ashamed of my performance that, in my mid 70s, I started running again.

My Run Happy event was my first parkrun. How wonderful to once again participate in the activity that has meant so much to me during my life.

I had won the Kent cross country title in 1971 and 1972 and ran my track PBs in 1969 including 29:43 for 10,000m at the White City. My aim in parkruns is to run faster for 5km than I once did for 10km.

Angled Polaroid 2 IanComing back to running at the age of 73 after a 10-year break was like returning to a favourite holiday spot having forgotten how much you enjoyed it.

WHAT MAKES YOU RUN HAPPY?

Brooks believes in the transformative power of the run. The run can turn a day – or a life – completely around and can flat-out change the world.

That’s why each month they’re rewarding one AW reader for sharing what makes them Run Happy. We want to hear all about your Run Happy experience, whether it’s a first race, a new PB or a moment that changed your race around. It can be anything.

Each month we will pick our favourite story. Not only will it appear in Athletics Weekly, but the owner of that story will receive Brooks kit including footwear, a jacket and a tee.

Click here for further details and to submit your story.

On Twitter? Why not get social?! We’d love for you to share your stories and pictures on Twitter too – just tweet @AthleticsWeekly and @Brooksrunninguk using the hashtag #RUNHAPPYRACES.