Hi Lee parkrunners!
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer this year; particularly the Lee parkrun core team and volunteers who regularly promote the group, be it at the event or on social media. It’s very much appreciated.
For those of you unaware of 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer, it’s a community-based initiative to encourage those living with and beyond cancer, families, friends and those working in cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at a local 5k Your Way parkrun event on the last Saturday of every month. Sue Rourke set up the south’s first event and we couldn’t be prouder that our home of 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer is Lee-on-the-Solent.
This initiative was founded by Lucy Gossage, Oncologist at Nottingham City Hospital, a 12 times Ironman Champion and Gemma Hillier-Moses, International Runner and Founder of MOVE charity who was diagnosed with cancer herself at the age of 24 in 2012. Lucy and Gemma are both hugely passionate about supporting people living with and beyond cancer through the power of movement, also supporting the wider cancer community.
This month, on Saturday 28th December, we at Lee-on-the-Solent celebrate our 10th event and we’d like to encourage anybody who is interested or intrigued to pop over and say hi beforehand, perhaps join us for part or all of the parkrun (we’re mostly walkers with some runners amongst us), or join us for some tea and cake at Leon’s Bistro afterwards.
We meet at 08.40 by the war memorial between Olympia Amusements and the short stay car park, for a pre-event briefing. You’ll see us by the benches all in blue!
As you may know and may have spotted us before, the ambassadors are myself, Sue and Jane and we are your 'go to' for each event and will run/walk with you if you wish. We have the loveliest group of regular attendees; some we already knew and some we have met along our 5k Your Way journey. It is always a pleasure to meet with friends, old and new and we welcome any newcomers with open arms. A special thank you and shout out to our now friends; those who were once newcomers, who were brave enough to give us strangers a hello at a tough time and we couldn’t have been happier to have bonded, listened and laughed over a leisurely strong or Victoria Sponge!
The 28th December probably isn’t the most popular day for parkrunning is it? Let’s be honest! But surely it’s the best time to get some fresh air, burn off the turkey and stuffing, make some new friends, invite your own friends and family to share the experience and get a headstart on your ‘keep fit’ new year’s resolution?!
Find us on Facebook and drop us a message: Lee on the Solent 5K Your Way, Move Against Cancer (@lots5kyourway)
We hope to see some of your lovely faces at the end of the month and perhaps next year.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Have a great December, Lee parkrun family and thank you again for being the home of our 5k Your Way.