Gestalt psychology says "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" and that is certainly true for Clair parkrun. Your perception of parkrun and what it means to you, may be shared by others or may be different. Whether you run parkrun as a solo artist, like to share your experiences with others as you traverse the 5k, you are a volunteer, you help set up the course, together the whole event is greater than each person's individual input, This is the delight of the community of togetherness and an acknowledgment that people bring different aspects of themselves to different roles to make the whole.
parkrun is a shared event and it belongs to all of us and it's success is attributable to the gestalt which is more than the sum of individual roles and parts.
I am a tourist parkrunner from Cranleigh and if you have not made a visit to our parkrun you will be made very welcome. The course is a two lapped scenic cross country route with one stimulating hill to test you but rest assured well worth the view.
I always enjoy re-visiting Clair parkrun with it's bucolic settings and taking the challenge of it's characteristic four lapped (plus a bit extra!) circuit.
The day itself was perfect for a run, not to hot and neither to cold (once you got going) and there was as great positive atmosphere amongst the community that gathered by the pavilion for Race Director, Andrew to give his pre race briefing.
parkrun is of course a run for us all not a race, even for those competing against their own targets, but well done to the fleet footed Jacob Houseman and Kirsty Armstrong who were the first gent and lady home and in total 164 people completed today's event. Congratulations to everybody and hope you were pleased with your run.
There were many personal bests achieved today ands some impressive performances from the junior runners. There were tourists from Tilgate, Brighton and myself from Cranleigh. However the furthest being from South Africa and hope all will come again in the future.
There were six people doing their first parkrun and welcome to the parkrun community.
The event could not have taken place without the wonderful help of our Hi-Viz heroes namely Andrew Swaffer, Peter Morrison, Amy Goldstein-Sharia, Helen Pratt, Marion Hemsworth, Pete Francis, Jay Wadey, Ann Savidge, Maureen Rea, Ian Collins, Simon Lock, Gene Lowson, Chania Hemsley-Smith and Kay Smith. Thank you all for your help today and truly appreciated by everybody.
Please have a look at the roster for the forthcoming Saturdays and see if you are able to help in any role you would like to do.
You can always leave a message on the Clair facebook or e-mail email@example.com
Clair parkrun every Saturday at 9 o'clock all are welcome.
Martyn Greaves : Clair parkrun tourist