Hi, this is the first time John and I have written the run report and we wanted to do this so that we could tell our story.
Practically three years ago to the day, Wendy graduated to run her first parkrun after completing the C25k program. John wasn’t interested in running stating there was no point running if there wasn’t a ball to chase, he was a football referee. Something he has had to give up.
On 19th December 2015 he gave it a go, and has never looked back. On Saturday 10th November 2018 he became a member of club 100. This may not seem a huge achievement, there are many runners who manage to do this, however, in April 2017 our lives were turned upside down when this fit and healthy man was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.
John continued to run parkrun whilst having chemotherapy last summer, his fastest time last year was the day after his first treatment, pumped up on steroids!
John’s PB is 27.40, yesterday’s time was 1:09:08, but it doesn’t matter, what’s important is that he completed the 5k surrounded by friends, many of who we wouldn’t have known if it wasn’t for parkrun. John is back having another course of chemotherapy and we know that whatever it throws at us this time parkrun will still be there for us with support, encouragement and hugs through every stage of this awful journey. So to all of you that have been there for us, thank you.
Well, after the rain on Friday night we expected the course to be bit muddy with plenty of puddles to jump or splash through, so I think it’s time to change into trail shoes.
This week 473 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:
Brian JUDKINS • Diane POTTER • Helen HENRY • Mike DIFRANCO • James STOCKER • Claire WILSHAW • Paul CRUSH • Michaela JOYSEY • Rebecca Louise ANDERSON • Loles GARCIA DIAZ • Caroline MCGONIGAL • Mary HOLMES • Fiona MCDAID • Claire MASON • Pamela ABBOTT • Joanna HARRALL • Elaine HENDRIE • Jeremy DYER • Cameron FEHR • Mike PITT • Catriona COLE • Hillary TAUNTON • Mike HORSCROFT • Gary COLE • Ben MEADOWS • Geoff MEADS • Brent SWANN-AUGER • Tim DAVISON • Janet DAVISON • Claire POTTER • Wendy JOHNSON • Clare DOWNIE • Sheila CAYTON • Sian HAGAN • Susan HORROD • Andrew CORBETT • Phoebe LEWIN • Ben MOSS • Dawn CASTERTON