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I joined a running club to find a husband

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Minreet was inspired to join Parkrun by her dad (Picture: Supplied)

Minreet Kaur, 43, started running during lockdown.

Inspired by her dad, who went to Parkrun every week, she decided she would join him for an unconventional reason – to find a husband.

‘I never really thought it was for me, but then my parents were running,’ Minreet, who lives in West London and has been single since 2009, tells Metro.co.uk.

‘I think I just wanted to meet people because, being single, I thought it was actually a great place to go and meet someone and also build a community of runners.’

Dissuaded by dating app culture, Minreet wanted to connect with someone authentically. Her experience with online dating hasn’t been positive, and she quickly decided it wasn’t for her.

Her single friends were supportive, too, even wondering whether they should take a leaf out of Minreet’s book, and do the same thing.

Minreet has been single since 2009 (Picture: Supplied)

‘Dating apps don’t work, but Parkrun is quite an open community. You know who they are and you meet them face-to-face so it’s very organic,’ she adds.

‘In the running community, you just meet some really lovely people – the kind of person I would want to meet.’

When she first started going, she took the same amount of care over her appearance as she would for a date, carefully picking out her best athleisure gear, and wore extra makeup.

In her quest to find love, she was largely seeing what happened, but would sometimes approach someone who was on their own and chat to them.

Minreet says her ideal guy is ‘tall, dark and handsome.’

‘A gentleman, someone who has good morals, values and respect and works hard and has ambition in life. Maybe a guy who wants to do charity work as I love serving others,’ she details.

But, despite joining Parkrun almost four years ago, Minreet didn’t end up going on any dates – and hasn’t been successful in finding her Parkrun husband. But, she says she’s found something much better: a love of running.

Minreet isn’t running the London Marathon for a PB (Picture: Supplied)

‘I love running as I forget about the negatives in life,’ she details. ‘You’re free and you’re running in nature. I clear all the anxiety that’s going on.’

Through Parkrun, while she hasn’t formed romantic relationships, she has made great new friends. Now, they meet up and run together – even when it’s not a Saturday morning.

Now, she’s even training for the London Marathon to raise awareness of myeloma, which her mum, whom she cares for, was diagnosed with.



Join the country’s biggest running club (even if you’re a walker)

Joining parkrun is free – it doesn’t matter if you’re a keen runner, a jogger, a walker, a social stroller or are keen to volunteer and cheer from the sidelines.

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Multiple myeloma, also known as myeloma, is a type of bone marrow cancer that can affect the spine, skull, pelvis and ribs. In the UK, there are over 24,000 people living with it – and approximately 5,900 are diagnosed each year.

‘I’m running the London Marathon with my dad because we want to raise awareness,’ Minreet says. ‘People talk about other cancers, but they don’t talk about this one specifically – and a lot of people are getting it.’

Meanwhile, she’s also learning more about herself in the training process. Not only did she want to challenge herself, but she wanted to inspire other women to take up running, too.

Minreet joined Parkrun to find a husband – now she’s running the marathon (Picture: Supplied)

‘I want to encourage other women like me who are in their 40s. I started running in my 40s and within a few years, I’ve already signed up to do the marathon,’ she says. ‘Age is nothing but a number.’

Likewise, she wants to challenge the idea that running is all about achieving a personal best (PB). As a slower runner, she’s changing the narrative that running is just for people who are fast.

‘I’m not doing it for a PB,’ she reflects. ‘Running is for everyone, and it’s not just about running all the way – sometimes there’s jogging and walking, too.’

‘I’m not really one of those people that is competitive. I’m running it, but I’ve got no time in mind of when I want to finish and that takes the pressure off.



Live your best life with Metro’s parkrun partnership

This year Metro has partnered with the iconic charity parkrun to bring you a thriving new content series.

In a coming together of two game-changing powerhouses, Metro has been chosen as the first official media partner for parkrun as it celebrates its 20th birthday in 2024.

It’s not just for the runners, though – it’s for everyone.

Come with us as we embark on a series of boundary-pushing wellbeing content designed to elevate and champion, but also to support mental health and societal cohesion. Whether you run, walk, jog or strut…

Read the stories of those who have found their calling, their community or had their lives changed through the simple act of lacing up their trainers (not that you have to do parkrun in trainers…as we’ll show you later on).

Get ready to be empowered, inspired, and energised!

Register for parkrun here. The best part is that it’s free and you only need to register once.

‘I just want to be able to do it to say to other people, if I can do it, so can you.’

Looking back on her experience trying to find love, Minreet is still hoping to find her future husband.

‘I’m now a carer for my mum and I’m not in full-time work, so running is really the thing keeping me going,’ she reflects.

‘I’d love to meet someone as it’s hard juggling everything on my own.

‘Having a partner, a soul mate, would be lovely to have, and I hope he’s out there somewhere.’

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