Today 369 of us ran, jogged and walked the course at Rushcliffe Country Park on another beautiful sunny morning. It is always a privilege to share this with so many likeminded people at 9.00am every Saturday.
We shared some sections of the course with families of frogs who were happily hopping around. Hopefully they managed to avoid our heavy feet and find their way back to the cool lake.
We celebrated the following milestones - 50 parkruns – Kevin Ford, Philippa Turner and Robert Page. Stephen Doleman completed his 100th parkrun. Congratulations to you all. Fantastic achievements.
We had 39 First timers with us including a tourist all the way from Australia. Welcome to Rushcliffe. We hope you will come and run with us again.
Interestingly there were also 39 Personal Best Times achieved – Congratulations on achieving best times in this heat.
It was a pleasure to see our parkrunners looking after their dogs and being responsible owners. I came across ‘Diesel’ the chocolate Labrador and his owner at the 3km mark and Diesel was having a short rest and drinking a bottle of water. I learned that Diesel has completed over 30 parkruns. Fantastic!
As a relative novice to parkrun, I have been amazed by the dedication and commitment so many people have for this wonderful event. Thank you as always to our High Viz Heroes and all those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make this possible every week. parkrun provides so much to so many. Everyone here has a story. parkrun means something different to each and every one of us. Here are some thoughts on what it means to me and hopefully to you too –
R – Runners – It never ceases to amaze me how many runners turn up rain or shine and get their running fix each week. It certainly sets you up for the day. Run or walk, fast or slow, we all get to the finish. Remember – It is the Finish Line, not the Finish Time that means so much. 5km is 5km. We achieve it every week.
U – Understanding – I felt extremely nervous turning up for my first parkrun. I did not need to be. Everyone at parkrun is understanding and caring. They all support one another and understand everyone has their own goals. For some this is to complete the course, for others a new personal best time. Whatever it is, we all understand each other.
S – Smiles – This says it all. Just look at everyone’s faces as they enjoy their 5km around our beautiful park.
H – Health Benefits – How fantastic that we can all get together, enjoy the fresh air, meet new friends and improve our health. parkrun gets people out, gets people moving and has many health benefits. parkrun improves both mental and physical health.
C – Community – Rushcliffe parkrun brings our communities together and has created a new community all of its own – ‘Our parkrun Community’. You feel part of it as soon as you arrive – everyone is welcome.
L – Life changing – Rushcliffe parkrun has transformed the lives of many people. People who could not run to the end of the road are now running 5km. People who have struggled with health issues are overcoming them through parkrun. parkrunners have made new lifelong friendships. parkrun changes lives in many ways, all different but all positive.
I – Inclines – We are lucky at Rushcliffe that we do not have too many of these! I for one find them tough. Let’s call them ‘inclines’ and not hills and they will seem so much easier. Try to embrace the undulations in our park – they will make us stronger – so the experts say!
F- Family – When you join Rushcliffe parkrun you become part of the Rushcliffe ‘Family’. This family supports, helps and encourages its members. At Rushcliffe we have an amazing all inclusive ‘Family’ that I am proud to be part of.
F – Friendship - Rushcliffe parkrun brings people together in friendship. Every Saturday we get together, meet old friends and make new ones. Many of these become lifelong friendships. ‘F’ was quite a difficult letter to select a key word for because I wanted to include Fun, Fitness and Friendly too. So here goes – a group of Friendly people getting together to get Fit and have Fun!
E- Enriching – I feel that Rushcliffe parkrun enriches so many lives. Individuals, families, friends, they all benefit from parkrun and it can enrich their lives in so many ways. The health benefits, the friendships and the companionship to name but a few. ‘E’ was another rather difficult letter to select as again there were other words I wanted to include. Please can I add ‘Encouragement’ from everyone - Runners, spectators and volunteers – you all do an amazing job in helping us get round every week. Last but not least I must mention ‘Endorphins’ – yes that amazing high you get when you cross that finish line. Happy to complete the course, happy with your PB time or happy to see and help others enjoying their new PB’s. Whatever the reason – we all get that fantastic buzz. It is even more special to share it with others.
I do hope that you continue to enjoy Rushcliffe parkrun and I look forward to running with you all again next week.