It was the turn of Prestons Health to host a partial takeover of the volunteering team at Peterborough parkrun today. I had an overwhelming feeling of pride when my team of physios, sports massage therapists, podiatrists, patients, family and friends took their places in the volunteer roster this week. They were supported by some additional fabulous volunteers who made up a full roster enabling great support for all the runners.
I personally started parkrunning in Peterborough as a New Years Resolution back in 2014 and quite frankly haven’t stopped since. Anyone who has seen me in my role as a Physiotherapist has probably heard me try and tempt them into starting running, or walking it as part of their healthy lifestyle routine. The World Health Organisation’s recommendation of 150 mins of physical activity per week is mentioned time and time again in our treatment rooms. This acts as a catalyst to empower people to get active to manage pain and many other health conditions. parkrun has to be up there as one of the best habit forming ways to achieve that goal and I am especially proud of the Peterborough parkrun for its friendliness and fun atmosphere. Loneliness is also now being recognized as a risk factor for many health conditions. I hope anyone who has been part of parkrun, whether as a volunteer or a runner, can see with their own eyes how wonderfully welcoming and embracing it can be for all to help address this public health issue.
The weather was pretty normal for a January day: drizzling at times, cold and damp! But the runners came out in their droves! We had a total of 576 runners in total. The top 3 males were Phil Martin with a time of 17.15, Brian Corleys 17.37 and Martin Gichuli 17.39. Jordan Foster crossed the line with an amazing new PB of 19.25, with Laura Whitton 2nd female in 20.57 and Vicki Blackshaw 3rd in 20.58.
It was truly inspiring watching all the runners cross the line, as it always is. All shapes, sizes and abilities able to tread the same course as each other: all aspiring to complete that 5k.
In addition this week, we also managed to get together a group of volunteers from the Del Pino family to support the charity DKMS. Thank you to both Nene Park and the café for allowing us to set up a stem cell donor event which meant there are now 33 new stem cell donors as a direct result of the Peterborough parkrun. Inspired by the journey of local Kings School pupil Iona del Pino, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2017, these new donor registrants mean that parkrun may well have helped us save a life, or 2. A huge thank you to the DKMS volunteers on the day as well as all that signed up! We also raised £252 to contribute towards the £40 that it costs per new donor registration. THANK-YOU PETERBOROUGH PARKRUN! Should you feel inspired to register as a donor, you can request a registration kit directly from DKMS via their website at https://www.dkms.org.uk/en
Thank you also to the Peterborough parkrun volunteers: Hattie ARNOLD, Sue ARNOLD, Jonathan BALES, Peter BRANTOM, Brian CAINE, Tracy CHAPMAN, Dean CHAPMAN, Ted COLES, Callum FLOWERS, Michelle GARD, Sarah-Jane GILL, Roz HARPER, Paul HURN, Lee JONES, Lesley MAGASINER, Benjamin MCCANN, Freya MCDONALD, Elaine MCMILLAN, Richard MORTLOCK, Benjamin MUIR, Simon PARKES, Neil PLANT, Helen PRESTON, Mia PURNELL, Dave RICHMOND, Peter RIDLEY, Sue RIDLEY, Craig SELLS, James SELLS, Mark SHELDON, Billy SLAVEN, Lindsay SLEIGHT, Will SLY, Georgia SLY, Michael SLY, Lucy SLY, Jean SMALE, Sophie SPITTLE, Mark STEVENS, Sharon THOMAS, Anna TRAER, Sam WEBSTER, Phil YOUNG
Run report by Helen Preston
Chartered Physiotherapist, Prestons Health