Parkrun helps Amanda with weight loss goal
AMANDA Hanlon is determined to lose the other half of her weight loss target.
Mrs Hanlon wants to lose a further 12 kilograms, adding to the 13 she has already shed.
She believes tennis, bootcamp and attending the weekly 5km Parkrun at Lion's Park is a good way to keep fit.
"I've done about 30 runs in the past year here," she said. "I like Parkrun because I can beat my personal best."
Despite the sweltering heat and puddles providing an obstacle course, Mrs Hanlon felt great afterwards.
"There was mud and no breeze at all," she said. "I am knackered now but I feel great."
Her weight loss journey started when she wasn't feeling healthy inside.
"I turn 40 next year and I am doing the 96km Kokoda run on the Gold Coast with my sister-in-law," she said.
"I don't want to carry the weight so I need to lose it."
Mrs Hanlon said there would be no birthday party - the track was her birthday present.
"We are idiots, I know," she laughed.
She is competing in a half marathon in Bundaberg in August and climbing Mount Tamborine some time this year too.
"I hope they have sleeping spots and toilets all the way up the mountain," she joked.
Mrs Hanlon said her ideal clothing size would be a 12.
Heshan Zhang and Miller Liu participate in Parkrun for the environment.
Mrs Zhang is on an eight-week challenge.
"We are trying to keep fit for Botanic to Bridge this year," Mr Liu said.
The couple moved to Gladstone from China two years ago and love the lifestyle.
"The people are very kind and thoughtful," Mrs Zhang said.
"We are from Tianjin where there is nearly 20 million people. It is quiet here," she said.