by Chiranjibi Paudyal, photos by Martin Proctor
The number of people participating in Reading parkrun at Thames valley park increased to 417 in the 449th run on 8th September after the end of summer holiday. The runners returned being refreshed after the long sunny summer break.
Amongst the runners were Sara Griffiths and Matthew Brown who ran in the morning and got married in the afternoon - congratulations to you both
We also celebrated Sarah Walters' Birthday. Sarah is a regular runner and parkrun volunteer and volunteered on Saturday as she is injured. We hope you had a good day and that you recover soon.
Judith Burchardt, Pam Alcorn, Jo Blair and Alan WIlliamson celebrated their 100th run and Lara Tolson completed her 10th run as a junior. Well done guys!
A notable 79 parkrunners achieved PBs on Saturday, including this guy in the green 250 T shirt - Peter Reilly - who you might recognise as one of our core volunteers and Run Directors. Nice one Peter.
People of all ages and gender walked, ran and jogged like in a musical rhythm in the 5k long beautiful Thames valley trails that includes forest, meadows, fields and river bank. It was like a long possession of people creating musical rhythm with their steps while running and jogging in the park.
‘’ I love to run in this environment as it inspires me to be careful about my health,’’ said a young lady in her 30s while running in the trail. ‘’It is fabulous to run in this beautiful location with known and unknown friendly people,’’ she added.
The inspiring words of volunteers, ‘’ you are doing well, keep it up,’’ makes me to run faster, said another runner in his 50s. Cheerful Chris is always there to count the time, he added. ‘’It is wonderful,’’ he added walking with his dog.
Another couple with their children said that they are inspired by their children, who always remind them of the parkrun on Saturday saying ‘’ this is the most amazing thing and we must not miss this.’’ Such stimulating stories of the participants add the importance of the parkrun.
A recent research said that walking alone can save 37,000 people a year in the UK. It is better to walk in the nature than other indoor physical activity, said Dr William Bird. The fastest runner completed the 5k in 15.52 while the last jogger finished in 50.48 minutes, so anyone of any ability can join the park run. See the full results through this link, click here
This is a fun run for healthy living so any one of any age group and ability of run or walk or jog are welcome. You can register your name through this link here. You can also volunteer to manage the parkrun.
Reading Park Run is grateful and would like to thank for the service of the following volunteers this week: Andrew BUTLER • Annabel GARDINER • C James BARR • Cheryl BOSHIER • Chiranjibi PAUDYAL • Chris SMITH • Christopher T KELLY • David DIBBEN • Graham SCHOLEY • Ian MAY • Keith ELLIS • Mahmud HUSEIN • Mark SAUNDERS • Martin PROCTOR • Natalie HARRIS • Nicky DOLTON • Oliver USHER • Paul CASWELL • Sarah WALTERS • Simon GARDINER • Tony DOLTON • Umaira TARIQ