After reading Rogers lovely poem last week, I decided to give him (and the rest of us) a break and write the run report this week.
Instead of a poem or lots of stats, I'd like to focus on the amazing community that we have here at Market Harborough parkrun. Every week I moan when I wake up at 7:00am and stand at the start line at 8:55, by the end, I am always smiling and always happy. There are a few reasons for this:
1. Running releases endorphins in the brain which are a natural 'drug' that makes you more energetic, more awake and happier.
2. We get to eat cake at the end (which, lets be honest, is basically the best part!)
3. The community. I have seen many examples of people going out of their way to help and support other runners. I have seen amazing friendships develop and flourish because of parkrun. I have seen people, who wouldn't otherwise cross paths, become good friends and have even seen relationships form between people because of meeting at parkrun.
I have decided that the third reason is the real reason that I leave parkrun every week happier. The first and second reasons are both good, but even when I don't run and don't eat cake, I am still happy, and every other face that I see is a happy face. Regardless of whether or not people got a PB, had a good run or a bad run, or didn't run at all, just being in the parkrun atmosphere puts a smile on everyone's faces which is an amazing thing to be a part of.
I have been at parkrun for almost a year now and I am still constantly overwhelmed by the love and support that everyone gives to each other. This week, I was one of the tail walkers, which I love to do, and I had the joy of supporting a lady who was a first timer, she was absolutely incredible and so was everyone else! Every single person that went past us was so supportive, encouraging this lady, who they didn't even know, to keep going and to finish!
I have learnt over the past year that parkrun isn't about finish times, PB's or stats (sorry Roger!), it is about every single person who gives up their time and effort to help, support and encourage everyone else in the community. The community at Market Harborough is incredible and I am so proud to be part of it!