Saturday was here once more and this week Clair parkrun didn't have to compete with the Rugby World Cup due to the terrible weather in Japan. We did have the threat of heavy rain to contend with closer to home, but once again, the parkrun gods held the deluge until after 10:30 and everyone had finished.
There was one other event to contend with... The small matter of a human running a marathon in under 2 hours. This was a feat that a decade ago would have seemed impossible, yet this goal has been slowly getting closer as the years roll by. A marathon is an incredibly complicated run to achieve as a lot of you will already know (or will find out). Each time you try to complete this herculean run, you can never be sure how it will end. How you feel on the day, the weather, the course, what you have eaten and how you train all factor in to your attempt will go. I myself had had times when everything preceding the big day has gone brilliantly, but have crashed when it came to the crunch, Other times I have had little luck leading to the day, but somehow found the distance and event a fantastic experience. So I was intrigued as to how Eliud Kipchoge would cope in his attempt. I decided to record the broadcast and try to not find out the result until I could get home and watch the whole thing on the telly.
It has been a while since I have been to parkrun due to a second operation on my leg this year (totally stopping my challenge to run a marathon in under 2 hours) and it was the first day I have been off of crutches for months. My own personal goal was to walk unaided around the course to ensure we could run. Even this task left me totally out of breath and shows how quick your stamina can disappear with the lack of exercise. Hopefully it is the start of my own personal recovery to getting back to running.
It was great to see that you hadn't all disappeared over the last few months and that everything was still as it should be. The Clair parkrun spirit is very special and is made by you all. Your support and camaraderie toward each other has always been something that makes our parkrun special and I am sure all our first time runners and tourists felt your love. We had runners from Italy, Bulgaria, USA and Australia joining us (as well as some closer to home). I hope you enjoyed the run and will be able to join us again in the future.
This week, we saw 165 parkrunners, of which 26 were first timers and 25 achieved new PB's. Well done to you all. Also, to our fantastic team of volunteers. There would be no parkrun at all if it weren't for these marvellous people giving up their time so you can all enjoy yourselves! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do find the time to volunteer once in a while as it is not only rewarding but it helps us keep the event running smoothly without having to rely on the a small few every week. If you could spare one Saturday morning for every twenty you run, we would never run out of volunteers! You can sign up whilst you get your results scanned - it's easy!
One bit of news I missed was to announce that we will be putting on our Christmas Day parkrun again this year. It has been so popular over the last few years that we thought you would like to do it again!
The run went swimmingly and it was great to catch up with everyone, and I even managed to get through the morning without anyone mentioning 'the marathon'... well that was until we had finished packing up and we were heading off to the storage room. "HE'S DONE IT, HE'S DONE IT!" The words I was trying to avoid came excitedly out of the mouth of one of my parkrun buddies. NOOOOOOOOOO!! Still, I was actually surprised I managed to avoid hearing the result for as long as I did.... I still went home and watched it though.
By the way for those of you that fancy it, I could organise a Clair Park Marathon if you like? It would only be 39 laps!
See you soon,