So 30th June 2018 - my 60th birthday - what a run!
Back in January 2018 a friend of mine who was responsible for introducing me to park run a couple of years ago (when I was an unfit 58 year old) pointed out to me that I could plan it so that I could run my 60th parkrun on my 60th birthday. Great idea I thought, but when my family asked me what I wanted to do for my 60th birthday- a parkrun was not the answer they expected and they certainly didn't expect me to ask them all to run as well! But run we did, some having come all the way from Bournemouth and London to join in and what a day we had!!
I got ready as normal - putting on my 50 parkrun T-Shirt but no, my daughter had other ideas - kitting us all out in matching "Helen is 60" T-Shirts - absolutely brilliant although yellow was perhaps not the best colour to choose for them - we all got covered in thunderfly bugs - apologies to anyone standing near us at the start who also got surrounded by them!
My daughter also managed to persuade some very sporting volunteers to wear party hats, and what fantastic volunteers they were - their encouragement, and birthday wishes every time we passed them was incredible, possibly the noisiest volunteers ever (in a good way!).
Thanks to Austin for all the High Fives!
Thanks also to the ladies near the rose garden who did some very professional renditions of Happy Birthday on each lap (with dancing) to a different tune each time and to all the other runners who wished me a Happy Birthday as they passed us- what a really great parkrun community we have.
So despite all the friends and family splitting up and running their own races they tell me that they also got lots of cheers on route and we all managed to get together to finish as one- apologies to the funnel marshals - I think we made it difficult for you, although we really didn’t mind what order we finished in- we were just glad to get round the full 5K!
And as I warned the family - I knew I would be in tears- a very special run!
It was never going to be a PB for me as I had two first timers running with me - who incidentally did really well, but it was certainly a Particularly Brilliant run so I will take that as my PB this week.
So what to do after a park run? - Well the cafe obviously, and thanks to the cafe team for providing 15 tasty bacon rolls and for keeping the Prosecco on ice for us - that went down very well - although I am not sure it’s the recommended fluid on such a hot day!
We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and it certainly was a run to remember.
But I guess next week its back to proper running and having moved up an age group - I am hoping to improve my time and get a higher %!!
Thanks again to everyone on the organizing team and the amazing volunteers.
Look forward to seeing you next week.
Helen Crooks and family.