A name which I doubt many of you have heard of until now.
Last Monday Yuki won the Boston Marathon in brutal weather conditions. In recent times he has developed something of a cult following within running circles, for good reason.
Last month, to warm up for Boston, he ran a half marathon in his hometown in Japan, dressed as a panda, in a time of 1:10:03.
He also holds the world record for the most marathons under 2:20:00. He has done this an incredible 79 times. On top of this he has run 25 marathons faster than 2:12:00. Since 2012 he has won 34 marathons.
What makes his achievements all the more remarkable is that he works full time as a government clerk in Saitama. He trains in his spare time, and because of his job, isn’t allowed to accept any sponsorship money.
He was expected back at work on Wednesday.
Perhaps, just perhaps, there is hope for us all.
Indeed it’s fair to say that all 282 (!) of you channeled your inner Kawauchi this morning.
30 of you chose this morning to join us for the first time. A shrewd decision indeed. If only the sun shone like that every week.
On top of that we had four people reaching their 50th milestones this morning. Well done to Niall Wallace, Jonathan Edwards, Jack Netherton and Euan Cummings.
Jack and Euan did their first ever park runs together, and today reached their 50th milestone together. Well done young men!
Junior runner, Conor Ward, reached his 10th run milestone this morning too. Well done Conor. Next stop 50!
We had an enormous 59 new personal bests recorded this morning. 59! All that Vitamin D must have spurred you all on. Either that or the abundance of cake which you knew was at the finish. In the PB corner this week we have,
Wallace stalwart, Colin Campbell, who ran his fastest time since last September, knocking 9 seconds off his time in the process for a new PB of 24:26.
Ella Rollock-Graham smashed through the 30 minute barrier for the first time taking a whole minute off her PB. A new PB of 29:49. Well done Ella!
Heather Berryman ran her fastest time since April 2014, going under 28 minutes for the first time, with a new PB of 27:43.
Liam O’Hare ran his 10th PB in 15 runs with us at Wallace, with a great time of 21:40.
Nathan Lindsay crept closer to the sub-19 club with two PBs in two weeks. A super swift 19:17 today.
Kerstin Marshall secured her first PB since last November with a 10 second improvement on her previous best. New best time of 35:44 for Kerstin!
Susan Boyd smashed it this morning too, as she knocked a 90 seconds off her previous PB for a new best time of 28:08. Well done Susan!
Finally for today, Norman Belshaw ran his 7th PB in 9 runs with an impressive 24:26. A minute faster than his previous best time.
Needless to say, well done to everybody who crossed the finish line today.
Now while parkrun is obviously nothing without our runners, joggers and walkers, equally there is no parkrun without our volunteers who give up their time to make sure we happen every week.
With the inimitable John Torrans as our Run Director today, we can thank the following folk for our parkrun this morning:
Timekeepers: Derek Bunting and Jim Pow.
Finish Token hander-outer: Eamon McCaighy.
Funnel manager: Beverly Reid.
Barcode Scanners: Brenda Harris, Gillian Alister and Jonathan Davis.
Marshals: Allan Lindsay and Laura Johnston.
Tea/Coffee: Marie Therese Fegan and Sharron Milner.
Results processor: Jonathan Davis.
Pre-event setup: Thomas Harris.
Photographer: Michael Harris.
Tail walkers: Julie Ann and Sophie Collins.
Next week is our final event of the month which obviously means it is pacer week. If you’d like to offer your services that would be wonderful We already have pacers for 23, 25, 28, 29 and 30 minutes. Help us fill in the blanks.
We also know that several of you will be running the 26.2 miles around London tomorrow morning. Embrace it and enjoy. Just aim for the next water station, and just keep putting one leg in front of the other.
We hope you’re outside and topping up those tans. It would be rude not to.
Until next week, be good.