What a day for a run/jog, maybe a bit of a walk in there too. Damp, drizzly and just generally yuck. Thankfully though we weren't one of the many parkruns that had to cancel due to snow and ice! Thank full for small mercies.
"Its very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit."
I read this and thought how apt it is for many of us. It still amazes me how many of you show up week after week, no matter how you feel and do the 5K. Come rain or shine, you are all superstars!
Here's a couple of quotes to think about for the coming week;
'Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.'
'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'
'It always seems impossible until it's done.'
So 147 of you came today to join in the fun. It was lovely to see a good turn out from Saints and Sinners based in Crawley. They have decided to start a bit of tourism at other venues and apparently ours was the first! Not sure if they are mad or just insane??! Good you see you all!
First male today was Jason Harold with 18:18, new PB at Clair. First female is Lauren Kedar with 20:39, first timer at Clair Park. Well done both of you.
We had 5 completely new runners to parkrun today. Terrific to see as the weather was the best. You are all truly an inspiration. In addition, we had 24 PB's today. They must have all been good over Christmas and not eaten what the rest of us have! I envy you.
There were more than the two that put their hands up! So our round of applause goes out to the following:
Steve Mitchall on 50
Russ Bryan on 50
Tracy Swaffer on 50
Pete Francis on 100
Last but certainly not least, thank you to all of our volunteers. Without them, as you know these events cannot happen. Please come and give it a try! Trust me when I say you wont be disappointed and you will certainly get back what you put in.
Pauline : Run Director