M – For me this means a couple of things, Maesteg and Milestones. I was coming up to my 100th parkrun and decided there was no place better to run it than at my Welsh home parkrun of Maesteg. I never thought I would ever get to 100 runs, that’s 100 Saturday morning lie ins gone, in fact, more than that as I have volunteered many times as well, and those that know me know that I like my sleep, however, running is one New Years Resolution that is still going strong.
A- Athletic Clubs. You don’t have to be a member of an athletic club to enjoy parkrun although many people are. It was my new years resolution run with Fareham Crusaders that got me into parkrun and changed my Friday nights and ensured I missed the start of Saturday Kitchen forever. This week at Maesteg there were members of Brackla Harriers, Port Talbot Harriers and AC, Ogmore Phoenix Runners, San Domenico RC, Yr Hen Blwyf, Pontyclun Road Runners, Cornelly Striders AC, Pencoed Panthers and Fareham Crusaders running clubs.
E- Erin. One person in particular deserves a special mention, Erin Jeremy. I invited some of my fairweather running friends along to my milestone run, (under the promise of cake) and my good friend Kathleen Jeremy came with her daughters Erin and Ruby. Right from the start 7 year old Erin was up for it. She shot away from her Mam and sister so I kept pace with her. It was her first ever parkrun and the furthest she had ever run. She was determined to see it through and we ran/walked it. Even when her Mam and younger sister dropped out after 2 laps (well done to Ruby for completing that much) she was determined to finish it. We regained our energy by having a little walk to the last marshal point and then Erin declared ‘ready, steady,go’ for a sprint finish. It was such a sprint finish that I think Usain Bolt would have struggled to keep up with her and she finished in a fantastic time of 41:05. I hope you enjoyed it and come back again.
S – Snowdon. There were a few familiar faces missing from parkrun today. Quite a few of the core team decided that the elevation profile at Maesteg is too flat so they would do the Snowdonia Marathon instead, though by the fourth time of going up that hill it feels like its Snowdon. Well done to Kathryn and Paul Warren, Mike Brain and James Thomas. Sorry you missed the cakes, I’ll make some Welshcakes just for you when I’m back in December.
T – Tourists. As well as the course regulars there are lots of parkrun tourists. Whether they want to complete them by region, or country or to complete their parkrun alphabet. I enjoy tourism as I like to compare post parkrun coffees, there’s a book there to be written by someone. I have done 12 different courses. The Maesteg run directors are doing a bit of a tourist challenge and this week Stephne Puddy touristed at Colby. My best friend Helen Breeds who also came to celebrate my milestone is technically a Maesteg tourist as Eastbourne is her home course, though she has done Maesteg so many times and thinks she knows more people now at Maesteg than in Eastbourne parkrun (though Eastbourne is a lot flatter). We are a friendly bunch! We had tourists from Porthcawl, Pontypridd, Brueton, Eastbourne and Fareham.
I would also like to thank this weeks tailwalker, Louise Morgan-Griffiths, another of my friends who came to help me celebrate, Melanie Dunbar Jones was all set to drop out after the third lap in order to watch me run in but Louise encouraged her to complete all four laps (no laps, no cake) but then realised at the end she had left the all important barcode at home #DFYB!!
E – Emma Marshall. Massive thanks to run director Emma, who provided a chocolate cake with white chocolate buttons on it that made 100. Also, many thanks to all the volunteers who give up their Saturday lie ins in order for us to have a safe parkrun, without them, we would have no run. My mother, Margaret Harding is a regular volunteer at Maesteg making it a family affair for me when I run there.
G – Get up and go. Nothing much else to say other than get your trainers on, grab your barcode and get to Maesteg Welfare Park for 0900 on a Saturday morning.
This week (27/10/2018) 44 people ran or walked the course of which 6 were first timers, welcome to the parkrun family, hope you enjoyed it and hope you come back. There were 11 PB’s recorded. Well done Grant Medcraft, Jacob Griffiths, Chris Medcalf, Gregg Harris, Joshua Parry, Libby Lavis, Kate Parry, Karl Hevizi, Jamie Nicholas, Susan Evans and Catherine Elizabeth Lougher-Harris. First over the line was Grant Medcraft (17:55), followed by Jacob Griffiths (18:39) then Marcus David (18:41). First female home was Libby Lavis (24:23).
Many thanks to my friends, Helen, Angela, Mel and Kathleen for getting up and helping me celebrate my milestone. Last time we were all together we were in Wetherspoons – how things have changed!