Race Report for 8th December by Elizabeth Goodliffe

A cold blustery morning full of the usual rushing to get to parkrun on time! Not just one daughter to get out of the door today but two. It is the day of my middle daughter's first official parkrun, along with my eldest proudly wearing her 10 milestone t-shirt for the first time (safely hidden under a much warmer hoody) - so lots to prepare to even get out of the door.
It's always reassuring to swing into the car park at 8.45 and see lots of others cutting it fine and definitely not giving themselves enough warm up time either (unless everyone is secretly warming up at home).
The wind was blustering as we listened to the usual announcements - always inspiring to see those achieving their milestones. A moments contemplation for the chap who had a heart attack on the course three weeks ago (a little prayer in my head that he is recovering well).
Down to the start point - sound of trainers and chatting, watches beeping and then the siren and we're of ...
But slowly, as my middle daughter is only six and is trying her best to keep going. Lots of people going past, offering encouragement, but the hill is tough, especially if you are only six. The wind buffets down the long straight and my eldest admires the blustering leaves. I'm trying my best to keep on encouraging, but it's tough when your legs want to go faster but today it's about someone else.
An angel in the form of Tracey Anderton whisks eldest daughter on - her cross country is paying off and she has more stamina now and now I can focus on middle daughter - encouraging, support ...
As we approach the funnel for the first time we see George Gay seep past into the funnel - I never usually get to see the front runners and he made it looks so effortless!
But we have another lap to go ... walk, run, walk, run ... motivating supporting ...
A wave from the spaniel on the hill gate ...
The tunes at the last gate (loving this) ...
And down the hill ...
And a final shove over the finish line to get her ahead of me, cheered on by by my eldest daughter and Tracey.
Congratulations you have completed your first parkrun. My proudest run - two daughters inished. Well done to everyone who finished today - you are all amazing.
Thank you to all the volunteers today - you are all amazing too, because we wouldn't be there without you and some of us wouldn't finish without your encouragement!
Liz (old enough to know better) & Millie (8) & Charlotte (6) Goodliffe.

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