Everybody has their routines, their goals, their achievements. Some grab their water, their barcode and head out the door, others squeeze a measly (not) six miles before the 9am start. But whatever goals people are trying to achieve, parkrun has always been a friendly run for runners, whatever their ability may be, which I think is why I love it so much.
I started parkrun in November of 2015, as a way to get back to exercising (after a near fatal accident, shall we say). I quickly became addicted to the love of running, and the friendly faces that I grew to recognise whenever I went. Over time, the Market Harborough parkrun has become increasingly popular, and it’s been a pleasure to meet so many new faces that have discovered parkrun too. (What’s also great about parkrun is that there’s nothing like knowing that someone is waiting on you to show up, so you can encourage, support or compete against- that’s just part of the fun!)
This week the weather was cloudy, without a hint of wind- the perfect weather for parkrun! 362 parkrunners showed up on Saturday, all with a smile on their face, eager to run, jog or walk at parkrun. Because I wasn’t able to run, I was happy to stand by the wayside, clapping and giving them constructive information (they might say I was shouting it, but it’s only to encourage- I promise!)
This week we announced parkrunner of the month- Wiki Solly! Congratulations to her! I’m sure I’m not the only one to see her at parkrun week after week, determined and dedicated to parkrun. It’s always nice to see the next parkrunner of the month, so that person can get the gratitude they deserve for all their hard work.
As a final note, I would like to thank everybody at parkrun, the fellow runners, the volunteers, (the friends and family that are sacrificing precious sleep, but still show up anyway) for they have shown me that running isn’t just about PB’s and what distance you can achieve in a specific time. They have shown me that running is about making friendships, about achieving things you didn’t even think you’d be able to attempt, let alone achieve- because of the people supporting you, every step of the way.