I'm Marion and I am very proud to be one of your fellow parkrunners.
If you had told me 18 months ago that I would be addicted to getting active on a Saturday morning I would have laughed at you.
At 59 I hadn't done any exercise since I was at school and frankly I found all those Lycra clad athletes intimidating. Running wasn't something people like me could do.
However, my perspective changed after my dad passed away. I became determined to get healthier even though the thought of jogging really scared me. My daughter had already joined parkrun and assured me that I could walk and jog at my own pace and that the tail walker would always be behind me.... I could never be the last to finish ... that made it feel not so scary.
Now I'm fitter and faster- a few weeks ago was my 50th event and I was thrilled with a PB of 38:36. My red '50' tee shirt is better than any medal as I get to wear it every week and remind myself that I can achieve it when I put my mind to it.
I have enjoyed becoming part of this parkrun community and saying hello to familiar faces. Your encouragement week by week has helped me to achieve what I thought was impossible. Thank you.
This week on a beautiful sunny morning I was joined by 292 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers.
Milestones this week :
Running : 10 club - Lucy STOREY, 50 club - Emma CASWELL
Volunteer 25's : Rick HARES, Ursula HEWSON
The event was made possible by 26 amazing volunteers:
Stuart LAMOND • Louise CROSBY • David SMITH • David GREEN • Reg BRETT • Kate NEALE • Ash NEALE • Peter BROWN • Geoffrey WHITE • Evelyn LUTTERODT • Sarah PERRY • Andrew NORMAN • Martin BALL • Frank GICQUEL • Amrik SINGH • Karen BULL • David BULL • Marion NOBLE • Heather CHANDLER • Rick HARES • Eliott HARES • Kate POTTER • Theresa GUNNELL • Feroz KHAN • James AVIS • Paul GILES
Dates for Your Diary
14th July - Stopsley Striders Beginners Course Graduation and Pop-up Cafe - please bring food!
28th July - Chase the Pacer
4th August - Luton Mela so no parkrun at Luton. Where will you be visiting? The closest are Houghton Hall (3.9m), Heartwood Forest (8.7m), Gadebridge (9.3m), St Albans (9.9m), Stevenage (10.3m), Ellenbrook Fields (11.4m), Letchworth(11.4m), Rushmere (11.5m), Tring (12.4m), Panshanger (14.9m)
25th August - Bank Holiday Chase the Pacer with added Beach Party theme