Run Report #208 – 20th April by Liz Almond

Off we went to burn some calories before all the Easter chocolate on this absolutely glorious, warm and sunny Easter Saturday. I heard some had their hot cross buns before they started, yum!

parkrun#208 saw 397 runners and 38 volunteers. Thank-you for the much needed lovely high 5s from our volunteers. Bunny ears were spotted and our sunny park run saw some tourists from as far away as South Africa and closer to home Lancashire.
A PB for Adam Barber crossing the finish line first,well done. 76 runners got PBs. Reaching their 100th parkruns were Matthew Taylor, Daniel Taylor and Lee Whitehill. Sarah Conway doing brilliantly brought parkrun 208 to a close with the tail walkers Patricia Morris and Anne knights and we had 51 first timers.
We're about to have lots of first timers on Easter Sunday. A brand new junior parkrun in Desborough for 4 - 14 year olds and every Sunday after that from 9am. A first for Desborough then we celebrate a very special event the week after.....
Market Harborough parkrun turns 4 years old!!!!!!
So exciting and thrilling that we get to be a part of that special day. Bring cake, the more home-made the better.
Life has changed for the better for me in a year. When they say running can change your life it certainly can. Barring injury i wont stop running. In May I'll be celebrating my 50th parkrun.
I first ran when i was a teenager after leaving school and loved it but after getting married hubby and i dipped into it over the years not really taking it seriously. So April 2018 i took the plunge and decided to give it a go AGAIN, with friends encouragement. It led to making new friends from parkrun, entering races, becoming part of the parkrun community and i can run 10 miles almost comfortably. I've volunteered and rather than watching from the sidelines hubby's volunteered. He's volunteered 35 times. Even the dog's volunteered,she's a good tail walker.Brings her own tail.
I didn't start parkrun until June 2018. I always wanted to do it but wasn't confident enough until my lovely friend Julie Swinn encouraged me. I haven't looked back,wish i'd done it earlier. There's nothing stopping you from encouraging your friends and maybe family members to give it a go. Who needs a lie in on a Saturday anyway!
Paul Sinton Hewitt, the founder of parkrun had only 13 amateur runners for his very first parkrun. Who knew 15 years later there would be over 1 million runners and over 500 parkruns who come together every Saturday morning.
Paul built us a playground so that anyone could come and take part, all ages, all abilities with no terms and conditions and even better for FREE! The Queen made him a CBE in her 2014 birthday honours list for his ‘services to grass roots sports participation’. Well deserved.
No one need feel excluded and you'll never be last. Spare a thought for the back markers and give them a cheer and plenty of room to finish, after all it's their run too. Help your friend(s) over the line but remember not to cross it twice!
We're so lucky to have a parkrun at Welland Park where we can run or walk each Saturday morning all managed by our excellent group of volunteers. Thank-you run directors who set up and keep us in order each week. Thank-you Michael Brown,this weeks run director.
I love how friendships flourish at park run, people encourage you, it leads to other things such as signing up for races, cycling events, swim events. You get stronger, your time improves, you might have a goal in mind, you might even lose some weight and you become more confident. People come out of their shells and are happy to try new things like volunteering at parkrun. It's easy to help out for a hour then enjoy a coffee in the cafe afterwards.
Where would we be without a bit of cake or a bacon sarnie at the cafe after a good run or to get a coffee before you volunteer on a cold day. Meeting up with friends discussing stats, races, injuries or just being happy you got round. We've got it all at Welland Park. A superb cafe, a place for our dogs to run round, a play area for children as well as Sundays junior parkrun. Please remember we do have to share the park with those who don't participate in parkrun so give them plenty of room. I know myself i've been in the zone and nearly crashed into one particular lady with her shopping trolley!
I just love how parkrun has a great community spirit. I see so many smiling faces before and after. A few nervous ones too who soon relax and enjoy themselves. I hear stories of people saying why didn't they do it sooner like me and records broken each week when they get a PB. Plus lots of sweaty runners glistening in the sunshine and it's not even summer!
If you have something to say then why not be a parkrun report writer and tell us your story.
A very Happy Easter everyone.I'm off to volunteer at Desboroughs junior parkrun.
Good luck to all those from our parkrun heading to London to run the London Marathon on the 28th April.
Next weekend come celebrate Market Harborough parkruns 4th birthday, can't wait to be part of the next 4 years. Oh and bring CAKE!