We said goodbye to Liz Houldey this week, one of our regular runners who very sadly passed away earlier in the month, and had run and volunteered at Abingdon parkrun since 2012.
Liz was a big fan of parkrun's friendliness and inclusivity, and many of our runners will have been spotted at their first few attendances and welcomed in by Liz, and then benefitted from her kind encouragement in subsequent weeks, especially when she volunteered as Tail Runner.
Liz was also involved with Jog Wantage and many current Abingdon parkrunners will have found their way to us via this scheme, helped by Liz, and indeed, the latest batch of Jog Wantage runners will be "graduating" at Abingdon parkrun this week.
At the gathering after Liz's funeral, the family had displayed the medals and T shirts from the races that Liz had taken part in over the years, including several London Marathons and Great South Runs.
The eagle-eyed would have spotted her parkrun '50' T shirt, and it is a shame that she was only 6 runs away from earning her '100' T shirt.
I'm sure Liz would not wish you to dwell too much on the sadness of her passing, and would want you to keep running, help and encourage others, especially beginners, and enjoy a nice chat in the cafe with friends afterwards.