Its been a while but thought we would keep you up to date with what we have been up to this week! Thankfully the terrible weather of recent weeks appeared to have gone and we had a lovely Spring morning for our 153rd parkrun, and what a lovely morning it was too! 284 people ran, walked and jogged around our lovely course with plenty of smiles along the way.
Run Robla Run!
We had a very special visitor in the form of local runner and real life ‘Forest Gump’ Rob Pope, who has just returned from his mammoth run to recreate the route run by by Forest Gump across America in the film. He has crossed the USA not once but five times!! Covering a distance of 15,300+ miles so far (he isn’t done just yet!)
Rob started his final trip across America in January and is currently home in Liverpool with his girlfriend Nadine, who is expected to give birth to their daughter this week. Rob told us ‘I’d always wanted to run I’ve been talking about it for about 15 years before I actually started’ Rob said he has always loved the movie and admired the character.
‘He’s just the way we should all be — he never judges people, he gets on with what he needs to get on to, he doesn't let anyone stand in the way, and he's very nice. I tried to make sure when I was on the run, I always had time for people. I think it has actually made the run more bearable.’
But he said his biggest inspiration was his late mother, who always reminded him, ‘Do one thing in your life that'll make a difference. We were very tight-knit, she was very protective and encouraging toward me. She was a bit of a runner herself, so when I took up running, I got a lot of support there. I’m sure she’s looking down from somewhere and is pretty appreciative of the efforts.
Rob’s run was not without challenges. Just 400 miles into the first leg of his run, he said he got his first injury – tendonitis in the anterior tibial muscle. ‘At the time, I thought that was it," he said. ‘I had a full meltdown [at the gas station]’ He has also suffered a torn quad muscle, a hip and pelvic injury and even food poisoning.
He credited his quick recovery to locals, including a family in Alabama who insisted he stay at their place as they nursed him back to health.
‘I’ve been pretty fortunate — I got sick in all the right places’ he joked. ‘It’s almost as if someone was looking over me’ Rob plans to return to America to complete his trip in April, and estimates he only has a few days left before he crosses the country for the fifth time.
Rob hopes he can get enough people involved in his final few miles, to recreate the iconic scene in Forrest Gump with the crowd running alongside him. He also hopes his girlfriend and newborn daughter will be part of the crowd cheering him on.
Rob is raising money for Peace Direct and the World Wildlife Fund with his run. To donate, visit his website GoingTheDistanceRun.com.
We also had another couple of special milestones this week with Danielle Gilmour and Linsey Cairns both running their 50th parkruns! Well done to both of you!!
Join us next week for our special Easter event with free bunny ears and treats for all our Junior runners!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Croxteth Hall parkrun Results Page