23rd June, 2018
How Rebecca Wass's parkrun doesn't quite run to plan...
parkrun started like every other Saturday, hunting for my barcode. I even have a special card one so I don't lose it. You guessed it, I've lost it. After turning the house upside down I grabbed the dog and sprinted a mile to the start. Not exactly the best prep but at least I'd warmed up. Although the dog had possibly warmed up too much. My Mum was also running and I decided to pace her round with a 3 min run, 1 min walk. She's only just started running and wants to do a 10K so this was a good way to test where she is.
We had a lovely first lap, lots of cheers from the Marshals and other runners and Babs (the dog) was loving it. She is a rescue dog and is scared of pretty much everything: cars, dogs, loud bangs. But she loves to run.. A third of the way round the second lap we ground to a halt. Babs decided it was far too hot. After a little extended walk she sat down again. Several tries later I gave up, so for the first time ever I DNF a parkrun. We sat on the grass and cheered instead...
Whilst Babs lay in my arms having a cuddle I cheered on the fast runners, the runners with buggies, the runners with dogs, the run/walkers, the little children, the teenagers, the mums, the dads, the grandmas and the grandads, I saw tears which I hope I turned into smiles shouting 'enjoy it, this is the glory lap' , I saw smiles and I saw people out there being active. A great reminder of why parkrun is so amazing.
My Mum came round again on her final lap and me and Babs joined her. We cheered her over the finish line and then Babs got a cuddle off a fellow marshal.
It might not have been the run we wanted but it didn't matter. Seeing the tail runners chatting away and getting everyone round was lovely. And for all of you that said to me 'I'm slow but I'll get round, or 'it's the - I hope I'll get to the finish lap' or 'I'm not very good'. I just want to say - You, my friend, are so much better than you think you are!'
More photos of the run can be found on our Flickr stream, these are just a few below: Milestone Achievers:
- 100 Runs Paul HAWKINS
- 100 Runs Josh MIDDLETON (visiting from Sheffield Hallam parkrun)
- 10 Runs - Lili TEALE
- 25 Volunteers - Alice TEALE
- 50 Volunteers - Sarah STIRMAN
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:
Natalie DELLAR • Stella TOLHURST • Alice TEALE • Sue TEALE • Lili TEALE • Rebecca WASS • Paul HODGES • Sera RELTON • Julian RELTON • Tim HUTCHINSON • Finlay HUTCHINSON • Ella BAXTER • Terry BUZER • Michael OLIVER • Harry TEALE HOWAT • Phoebe HOWAT • Oliver GOODACRE • Neil WILLIAMS • Sarah STIRMAN • Dillon PATEL • Louis BARNARD • Alex WOOD • Sean MATA • Conar AITCHISON • Louis ALLEN • Finn BOS • Laura TAYLOR • Jamie SPENCER • Nicola OWEN • Keira GREEN • Aidan TOLHURST • Evelyn GREEN • David OWEN • Isabelle GREEN •Sophie ROSS
- 1st Josh NEWMAN in a time of 16:50 (20 seconds off his PB
- 2nd Jonathan ASHLEY in a time of 17:21 (23 second off his PB)
- 3rd Denny SILVA in a time of 17:27 (a new PB)
- 1st Clare HINTON in a time of 20:22 (in her 12th run at Stratford)
- 2nd Jane PHILIPS in a time of 20:34 (11 seconds off her PB)
- 3rd Tulah SEARLE in a new PB of 21:06
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
- June JOHNSON (VW70-74) 87.88%
- Alexander ADAMS (JM11-14) 82.06%
- Philip BRENNAN (VM75-79) 82.03%
This week 353 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun Results Page.
Author: Rebecca Wass; Run Director: Sue Teale
Photos credits: Rebecca WASS, Neil WILLIAMS and Harry TEALE
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