It's September 1st..... officially Autumn starts today....and whilst there was a certain chill in the air, the spirits however were still warm. The usual crowd of runners starts to swell with perhaps now longer sleeves and more legs covered up! The sunshine still shone brightly as did the smiles on the runners faces. Once the usual acknowledgements of notable runs was done...the mingling crowd makes its way to start. With the start on its way a total of 764 runners begin their run, with their own journey or challenge in mind.
My report today will focus on the runners themselves...parkrun is now a global success and every person who runs or volunteers make parkrun the success it is. I have now personally notched up my 100th parkrun and 25 volunteering and feel very proud to have done this.
What makes parkrun successful?...Well the first thing to say is it's good for fitness, there is no question about it. It's a very good start to becoming fit, with many people at the same level, it certainly is a great way to start the fitness program. We all know what it's like to go to the gym and pitch up raring to have a go and feel somewhat embarrassed that you might not fit the mould! Parkrun doesn't discriminate, parkrun doesn't mind if you’re not the faster runner...parkrun welcomes you no matter what and parkrun will encourage you and nurture you.
Over the years I've been going to parkrun, I've seen many people achieve their goals and go on, it’s like one big happy family encouraging and cheering each other on. Secondly parkrun is outside and the benefits of fresh air are well documented, come rain or shine parkrun is there for you.
There are pacing events to better yourself, bring you out of your comfort zone. There are also some fancy dress themes.... I mean who doesn't like dressing up!!! For me parkrun ticks all the boxes.
So this brings me back round to the runners of all abilities and ages who come together every Saturday morning to race against or cajole each other. Parkrun can be a group run or can be solo run...can be a party.... I do believe here at Poole a wedding even took place....whatever, parkrun will lend itself to fit your own personality. I think that's pretty amazing so a big pat on the back to PARKRUN....oh and yes to you, I'm talking about you the runners...without you there would be no parkrun...
As usual I do say thank you to the volunteers and marshals...always there too each week....have a good week everyone see you all next Saturday....