.... it was on the second lap of the 4th run that I realised what a crazy idea this was - but I’ve learnt over the years that the crazy ideas are usually the best ! In April I completed the five 10km runs is a day around Europe and was looking for a follow up. I came up with the concept of running 5 park runs in a morning thinking that there would be half a dozen or so other runners in Melton who would turn up and join me. We planned to run three times in the normal forward direction and twice in the nurkrap ( reverse ) direction.
Fast forward to Saturday morning when we had an awesome turn out of around 100 runners on the start line for the first run at 6am, not only local runners but tourists from Daventry, Market Harborough, Birstall, Newark and a smattering of Equinoxers ( see you at Belvoir Castle in 3 weeks time ). With perfect running conditions - albeit getting slightly warm as the runs progressed numbers increased until we reached a new record for the course of 274 runners. A special shout out to Kathryn Gregory who as well as recording a PB also became the record breaker as her finish place was one higher than the previous record attendance !
Congratulations to all those, 22 of you, who managed to run an official PB time and also to those who clocked a PB on runs 1-4 … but its not just about the time, for others it was the first time that you had covered this distance in the morning so congratulations to all of you as well.
We celebrated a number of milestones, 50 runs for Alison Sandilands and Katarina Alexander and 100 runs for Greeba Heard and Paula Osborne. It was also the 100th Melton Mowbray run for Shane Sharkey.
I have always loved running events especially unique events or challenges, its great to get a medal & a tee-shirt but there is something a lot more simplistic with the parkrun concept and we tried to pick up on this with this event. It was an honour just to spend time with people – running, chatting and sharing cake …. running just for the fun and the glory !
… and so on to the cake, we ran the cake stall and had a fantastic selection and I do have to say a huge thank you to those who donated cakes and also then donated financially and went through the hardship of having to eat it all. My favourites were the lemon drizzle and the coffee & walnut cake ( yes , I do think that we earned two pieces ). The stall and Just Giving donations raised £380 which will go toward the work of Hope for Justice – a charity fighting to end modern day slavery.
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To conclude I would also like to thank all at Melton Mowbray parkrun for supporting the idea, all who volunteered and all those who came along and ran – it simply would not have been the same if I had been lapping around by myself.
So only one question remains – who wants to do it all again next year ?!