We feel this Run Report #150 from Paula is absolutely spot on. We hope you agree.
Today, I was on the roster to write the run report for Seaton's 150th milestone parkrun. I expected to be analysing stats such as finish positions and age grades.
Instead, I am reflecting on how very upsetting it was to see one of our parkrun family taken so ill. I've had a similar experience within my own family and it is so shocking and distressing. Family is everything, and I fervently hope our parkrunner makes a full and speedy recovery.
Susi spoke very movingly at the start about what Seaton parkrun has meant to her. It's probably hard for non parkrunners or non spectators to understand, but it IS a family and that was certainly made very clear today. I hope that brings some comfort.
I met some lovely members of the parkrun family on the beach - hello to the couple from the Forest of Dean and the lady from Bromsgrove. I know there were also visitors from Manchester, Buckingham, Bournemouth, Southsea, Taunton and Weymouth. Hope I remembered everyone. Thank you for visiting Seaton today and hope you will return.
I don't know if the parkrunning Doctor who was alongside me during the run was one of those visitors, but I am so glad you were there today and that you were in the right place at the right time. I know there were other parkrunning medical professionals quickly on the scene too.
I hope no one finds it inappropriate if I congratulate Sarah Herfet, Howard Bidmead and Benjamin Barrell on their 50th parkrun milestones. Milestones pale into insignificance today really, but it is nevertheless a significant moment in a parkrunner's life and a great achievement.
Above all, I want to say that I think the Seaton core team and all the volunteers deserve high praise for the calm and collected way in which they responded to a situation today which everyone hopes they will never have to face. I think we can all agree that it's a slick operation at the best of times, but so reassuring to see it move up yet another gear at the worst of times.
It was wonderful to see how quickly the air ambulance arrived. I don't think I'm the only one to be amazed that it could land on pebbles. There was certainly no doubt in my mind where my charity token was going in Tesco today. To everyone else involved today, what you all did was truly humbling.
To my fellow parkrunner: I'm rooting for you, and sending love and best wishes to you and your family. Sincerely wishing you a full and speedy recovery.