This weeks run report comes courtesy of two very special runners. Today was Sophie-Jane Hearn's 250th parkrun and a special guest was invited by her mum and dad to surprise her. Here is her take on the day:-
My 250th run report
On the 14th of July 2018, I completed my 250th parkrun.
My mum and dad had arranged a special guest to come and visit me on my 250th run, Adam "Tango" Holland. For those that don’t know, Adam is a marathon and ultra-marathon runner, he has run over 365 marathons, winning 210 in under 3hours. He has lots of records and achievements and is getting faster all the time. He did our very own Boston UK marathon in 2hours 29 minutes in 2017. He has just completed 10 marathons in 10 days with an average finish time of 2hr 45minutes. Tomorrow, he is in Wales doing the Snowdonia Trail Marathon, wow !!!!.
Here is Sophie and Adam
Today he wanted to beat the course record (which is his), as was Paul Featherstone’s intention, so a little bit of healthy rivalry was had. Adam and Paul both got under 16 minute, pbs. They have also both achieved new records in the age grading categories. Adam remains record holder with 15.52. They weren`t the only PB`ers today, I got one and my grandpa, along with another 19 runners, well done to all.
Colette Vinter was first lady home, matching her pb of 24.05. There were 12 newbies welcomed to Boston and 6 unknowns, :-( Our second hen party group and visitors from Leicester, March and New York (Lincolnshire or the Big Apple?), please remember, no barcode, no time, codes on phones don’t apply.
In the main brief, I presented Bob Bailey, our ED, with a Visitors Book. This is for everyone that visits Boston parkrun, to write in it so we can see where they are all from. Adam Holland was the first person to write in it as he came all the way from Devon.
I was so pleased to be able to celebrate my 250th with all my favorite people, my family and running friends, without you all it wouldn’t be as much fun. My mum bought yummy sweets and cakes which is always a bonus too, LOL.
I do love running, but don’t tell anyone, sshhh, it’s our secret, and here's looking forward to the next 250!!! 500 here I come.
Sophie-Jane Hearn, aged 12.
And here is Adam's view of the day using words "stolen" from a post on his facebook page this morning:-
Friday night I was travelling north as I’d planned to do a race that night but fate had other plans for me. Not going to let that ruin my weekend, I’d been given the fantastic opportunity to join Sophie (age 12) and her family for her 250th parkrun. What a fantastic achievement at such a young age. It’s my 151st parkrun and the last time I did Boston parkrun was 31/12/2016. I checked up on the stats and I still have the course record 16:29 and it was a good opportunity to get the next age group record. Before we started, I asked Sophie what her PB was for this course and it’s 29:03. I jokingly said she would do 29:02. I loved talking to people before we started and the parkrun director did a great job telling people what I’ve been up too. We all headed to the start line and off we went. It wasn’t long before I realised I had strong competition following me very closely, so I let him take the lead so that I could try and run at his pace which was very strong. It was so nice having all the other park runners cheering me on and telling me to go after the course record even though there was someone just in front of me. The leader’s name was Paul, I wasn’t sure if he had done this parkrun before so I told him which way to go (I saw on the results it’s not his first time). I stayed right behind him all the way up until the last couple 100 metres and as I passed I apologised and he told me to go for it. We both smashed the course record with my time 15:52 and Paul 15:59 followed by the other 140 runners. I found out afterwards that he turned up to try and beat my course record - what a day to pick. Waited for Sophie to come around to do her final lap where I joined her. She has a very nice running style. It was fantastic to witness her finishing her 250th parkrun and beating her best time in the time I predicted 29:02! I really appreciate all the support from her family and thank you for having me join you all! A memory I’m not going to forget!
Than you again for the fabulous volunteers without whom parkrun would not take place. S-J Eggleton has been coordinating volunteers for a few weeks now and I must say having her pop around n a Saturday morning filling in the gaps for the next week has revolutionised my weeks in charge. Thank you. If you see her with her board pop over and get your name down and don't miss out.
What a fantastic morning just what parkrun is all about - a bit of exercise, making friends and memories.
Over to Richard your Run Director for next week. Have a great week and enjoy the beautiful sunshine.