Run Report #207 – 13th April 2019 by Stuart Beard – the man with the blue hair!

Standing in the middle of the start ‘crowd’ in Welland Park, I am as likely as most of you to claim that I’m ‘not a real runner’, using my solid frame and mediocre times as testimony. However, like many of you my current running journey is both fuelled by and anchored by the parkrun, and the people that I have met at the parkrun. For the past 18 months, I have been taking parkrun and running in general a little more seriously, and can see my friends doing the same. Naturally, pb’s have fallen along the way but interestingly, there has been a definite trend of parkrunners graduating from 5k to 10k, but then not stopping there, “if I can do 10k, maybe a half marathon” for some “if I can do a half marathon, I can do a marathon”.  Almost everyone has a marathon in them, given the right training and a heap of determination!

April is a key month for Half Marathons and Marathons. Last week I ran the Manchester Marathon with Leanne Shrive (her 1st), who started running at parkrun. This week Simon and Molly run their 1st and 2nd Half marathons they started running at parkrun. In 2 weeks Wiki, Paul and my running buddy Simon Poynton run London, guess how their running journey started…?

There will be many more of you taking the challenge of a parkrun 5k further, and that’s brilliant and good luck to you. For those who a weekly parkrun is quite enough of a challenge, thank you very much; I salute you too. Despite our protestations we are all runners in our own way!

Back to this week. After a very composed pre-run briefing from Heather, 375 runners enjoyed bright but cool conditions, obviously conducive to fast times as 66 of us recorded Pb’s, including Adam Barber our first finisher. We had 39 first timers and 38 wonderful volunteers. Our 207th parkrun was a great event, just like the previous 206

Stuart Beard (with blue hair)