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Free State’s ‘Parkrun Queen’ outruns Covid-19 - and the stigma


Free State’s ‘Parkrun Queen’ outruns Covid-19 - and the stigma

She felt ‘ashamed and embarrassed’, worried about what people may think, but what they did humbled her


When Carol Stockdale, 55, woke up in pain on May 17, she thought it was because she’d over-exercised.

The Free State’s self-proclaimed “Parkrun Queen” has been an avid runner since 2009. On May 13 she was in the Eastern Cape for work when she started feeling exhausted. This was followed by nausea, a severe headache, a sore throat and loss of smell and taste. “When my left ear started bleeding I thought: ‘Lord, am I going to die, I am not ready’,” she said.

Stockdale, who was working in a factory that makes masks and overalls, told her employer and rushed home to Ladybrand to be tested...

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