Many people will need no introduction to our good friend Ben St Lawrence. Olympian, Australian record-holder, 2010 City2Surf winner and has spent almost 10 years training in Centennial Park.
“I’m here fairly regularly, sometimes up to 10 times a week. I’ve definitely spent a lot of time following the white fence around over the years,” Ben recently told us.
“I love the Parklands, but it’s one of the busiest and most diverse public parklands in the country, so we have to do what we can to share the space and respect those around us.”
“Most times when I see someone doing the wrong thing, it’s often because they’re unaware of the regulations of the Parklands. That’s where the Share the Park campaign comes in. To raise awareness and educate visitors about what our responsibilities are – to each other and to the Park.”
- Find out more about Share the Park
Now meet Ben online
A bit about Ben St Lawrence
- Ben St. Lawrence is an Australian long-distance runner and Olympian. At the 2012 Olympics, he competed in the Men’s 10,000 metres, finishing 20th overall.
- He won the 2012 Thrupp Street Gift, beating Adam Stephen by a nose.
- In 2011, Ben cracked the Australian 10,000m record in the USA, setting a new benchmark of 27min 24.95sec, which puts him among the fastest 10 men in the world.
- He holds the NSW record holder for 3k, 5k and 10k.
- In 2010 Ben took out the top spot at the City2Surf
- Ben not only trains in Centennial Park but also walks, cycles, plays frisbee and coaches a group of runners.
- You can follow Ben on Twitter (@bennysaint).
Thanks to Ben for generously giving his time to help promote Share the Park!