“Oh, the wind is lashing lustily, and the trees are thrashing thrustilly, and the leaves are rustling gustily, so it’s rather safe to say. That it seems that it may turn out to be, it feels that it will undoubtedly, it looks like a rather blustery day, today”, said Winnie-the-Pooh.
Ok, so Storm Hannah didn’t hit us too hard but it was indeed a bit blustery on the start line at Hadleigh parkrun #127 as an impressive 173 participants lined up to run, jog, walk or crawl the undulating, twisting and turning 5km route that is our home parkrun.
One of the main principles of parkrun is community and that has always been the case at Hadleigh. Whether participating for the first time or, as in my case today, the 100th time, I trust that you all felt welcome and part of the Hadleigh parkrun community. Over my 100 runs at Hadleigh, I have had the privilege of running this course with family and friends, catching up with former colleagues and schoolmates and making many new acquaintances along the way. The enthusiasm of the core team, volunteers, regular home runners and visiting tourists always generates a positive experience, whatever the weather may try to throw at us!
Whilst many of us will never get near the front of the field we all have our own motivation to keep plugging away at those Hadleigh hills, whether that be chasing a new PB, clocking up another run towards that next milestone t-shirt, competing with those runners that are always around you in the middle of the pack, or just getting out for some exercise in the fresh air. So, to give a shout out to some random parkrunners this week I’ve decided (based on an idea that I have borrowed from another parkrun) to recognise the A13 runners (i.e. those runners that completed parkrun #127 in so many minutes and 13 seconds), so well done to: Tara OBRIEN at 35:13 (and new PB!), Stephanie YATES at 40:13 and Kara GERRIE at 42:13.
Sadly we lost one of the members of our parkrun community last week and I would like to take this opportunity to remember Mark Whitney, who I have known for many years, as I know many of you have too, following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. I will remember Mark as a true gentleman and an inspiration. As you may be aware, there is currently no way of testing for this disease and Mark recently participated in the Brighton marathon to raise money for the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK to support research into this issue.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to Hadleigh Country Park, the Hadleigh parkrun core team, this week’s volunteers and of course each and every runner for facilitating another fantastic parkrun!
Your run report was bought to you this week by Andrew Beard who is the first and only person to have run 100 parkruns all at Hadleigh. Thanks Andy.