Melton Mowbray parkrun #206 – 24.11.18 #thankyouray

The parkrun this week was incredibly special. The people of the Melton running community extended their incredible support even further and came out in force to celebrate the life of our brilliant Dad, Ray Walker. The brief was to show up, bring money for post-race cake and wear purple to raise awareness for Pancreatic Cancer.

Dad, in his typical understated way would have even thought today was rather spectacular! A sea of purple rippled across the start line, and an emotional address to all of the runners from our brilliant Mum set the scene to one of the largest attendances Melton parkrun has ever seen!

A peloton of purple ascended the hill, and an marvellous bunch of runners ran in celebration of a great Husband, Dad and Grandad. This was followed by cake, refreshments and an overwhelming amount of donations and support in the café afterwards, and the preceding afternoon of drinks, cake, raffles and prizes at our house. Over the day we raised an incredible £880 for PCUK. Thank you all so much.

Jon Wilson had some big shoes to fill but his photographs really captured the fact that today was just something a little bit special. The images showed the energy of Melton parkrun, the enthusiasm towards the cause and how much people thought of our Dad.

All of us in the Walker family would like to wholeheartedly thank everybody within the Melton running community for your incredible support, generosity and love.