In a day when the television and social media has been full of stories of the achievements of all the runners taking part in the London Marathon, I have been reflecting on what makes running so great, my feeling is that above all else, it is the sense of community.
Hyde parkrun starting life with a meeting in 2016 with the first official run being taking place 7th January 2017. The event has been held every week since with the exception of one where snow made it unsafe. Each week over twenty people volunteer to set up the course, marshal to ensure that everybody taking part has a positive experience. This week regulars at the event may have noticed two new marshals Jacob Smiles who was nursing an injured leg at the T point and Neil Gator at the bottom bridge.
As run director I had to be near the finish and could hear the cheering and shouting that was happening around the course, what a fantastic atmosphere. What is also noticeable on Hyde parkrun is how many people come down to support their friends and families, and the enthusiasm that they share with all the runner.
This week 115 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.
The first male home was Aiden Moyles in a time of 18.24, followed by Karl Lee of Altrincham and District Athletics Club in a time of 18.47. The third finisher is worth mentioning, prior to the event I had been told by his friend that he was going to 'smash it' he did achieve a very respectable time; Well done John Self, we hope to see you again.
The first Lady was Laura Coucill from Hyde Striders in a time of 23.28 with the second lady Liz Baron crossing the line in a time of 24.08. Liz came back to the finish to cheer her Mother in who also ran and finished in a time of 32.41
Also worth a mention is Louise Bird who kept her sense of humor despite being, cheered on with shouts of 'go on Laura, Lucy!!' Louise finished in a time of 29.25 and is a regular volunteer at Hyde parkrun ( we should really know her name by now.)
Paul Woolley was the tailwalker and finished in a time of 46.48. Paul is currently training for an ultra which he is planning to do later in the year.
Watching the marathon on television reminded me of how great what we have in Hyde parkrun is; there is the same sense of community, commitment and enthusiasm that makes being part of this event such a pleasure.
Thank you to all the volunteers and participants for a fantastic day. See you at the bandstand next week, and if you know anyone who is thinking about coming, bring them with you ( we like to see new faces)