Words by Parisse Moore.
My mum has run marathons for years and always inspired me, so eventually I started running at med school as a stress relief. I trained for my first marathon during my finals - it was the perfect procrastination but also meditative. I then moved to London and joined Run Dem Crew (an urban collective of runners), where I met the most amazing and inspiring people. After this I did a couple more marathons and an ultra (Melbourne, Berlin, Wangaratta).
I spent time with like minded people, running was a social activity as well as a stress reliever. These people constantly inspire me to continue to physically push myself, despite work and life constraints. 2 years ago a bunch of us from my swim club (Swim Dem Crew) swam a 10k race down a filthy river in the West Country - about a year prior to this I could barely swim 1 length in the pool safely. Last year one of my friends from Run Dem decided women were under presented in Ironman - so she enticed 9 of us to take it on with her. Less than 11% of competitors of IM barca are women..
Living in a new city, starting a new job, studying for my surgical primary means I’m stretched for time - but running has been a great way to meet new people, and find my tribe. I’m so privileged to share the journey to Barca IM with 9 other amazing women (even if I’m in a long distance relationship with them!) - and everything they’re doing to champion women in sport."