26.01.2019; Harrow Lodge parkrun #303 report. (Danny Gillard)
Another windy and cold day here at Harrow Lodge parkrun. Winter weather is definitely here to stay but it won’t stop HL parkrunners from enjoying their weekly 5k! A warm well done to all 186 runners for taking part this week and special callout’s to Robin Smith (18mins 32secs – first male), Emily Dixon (22mins 37secs – first female) and those 19 that delivered the holy grail… a pb! (David King, Andrew Houseago, Reece Maycock, James Vale, Kieran Martin, Ronnie Maguire, Jacqui Farleigh, Colette Coyle, Gary Clare, Russ Bradman, Stephen Earle, Neil Windley, Alison Kerr, Nicola Surridge, Alex Kersey, Rachel Anne, Sophie Bolt, Helen Sommerville, Lisa Merrill). Real heroes don’t wear capes… they wear parkrun apricot.
It was my 50th parkrun on Saturday and I felt, after completing my first official milestone, it was prime time to reflect and say thanks to parkrun. I’m not one for early mornings at the weekends (and yes a 7.50am alarm is early on a Saturday when you don’t have kids, as I keep telling my brother) but the last 50 counts of parkrun Saturday mornings have had 0 counts of regret. Forget the time, forget the exercise and health benefits, what makes parkrun special is the community. I don’t know half of the people that turn up and run each week as individuals but as a collective I know them all. From the barcode scanners to the volunteer cheering me on at that last bend around the lake (when I’m about to pass out), they are all good and positive people. Whether they know it or not they have a good and positive impact on me and the 185 other runners every week. Because, despite all the glitz and glamour, likes, friend requests and re-tweets, all that really matters is being good and having a positive impact. And (for me, at least) that is what parkrun is all about. And why, on Saturday coming, my alarm will be set once again for 7.50am.
Have a brilliant week and look forward to seeing you all on Saturday.
Same time. Same place. Same parkrun enthusiasm.