Hell hath no fury like a woman in PURPLE! Yaaaaaaaaaas, GALS!
It was a typical Saturday morning at Southport Parkrun. Runners from all walks of life were descending onto Hesketh Park in their usual way, meeting with friends, stretching out their limbs and wondering whether or not they might get a new PB. But there was something in the air that made today’s gathering feel that little bit more special.
Today’s Parkrun was dedicated to International Women’s Day. Women were gathering in their masses, fiercely and proudly strutting their stuff into the park – you could almost feel the breeze from the sass of their hair flicks! The colour of purple was strong, showing how many people (women AND men) were there to represent and celebrate such an important day. What was wonderful about today was that there were so many newbies! Women who had never ran a Parkrun before using IWD as the best excuse to make that first step to giving their first Parkrun a go! You go, sister!
Briefing was led by the beautiful Zana who gave us a brief history on IWD and why it was so important. International Women’s Day takes place on 8th March and is a way of celebrating the fight for equal rights for women. It’s about encouragement, empowerment, equality and visibility and how women deserve all of these things and more. If we weren’t already feeling pumped before Zana‘s briefing to smash out a fabulous 5k, then that definitely helped!
Off we all went to the starting line. Stravas were being set and we all were ready to go! The crowd started moving, all together in one large huddle, until we reached a wider part of the course where everyone usually starts to disperse. Our fantastic volunteers were dotted in their usual spots around the course; some were shouting “Happy International Women’s Day” as you ran past, one was playing some absolute female bangers like Whitney Houston’s ‘I’m Every Woman’ on her portable speaker and others were dishing out the high fives and huge amounts of encouragement that power us around the course. I’m biased, but our volunteers are EPIC. Thanks guys, thank you so much!
As I’m heading around the course, I was checking out the effort that was made by runners to wear a bit of purple and it was astounding. There were the purple Parkrun tshirts, purple headbands, purple lipsticks and even purple tights teamed up with a purple tutu! I only wished I had thought of that to be honest! It genuinely made me so proud and smug that I get to don my running shoes each Saturday and attend the Parkrun held at Hesketh Park. Such a marvellous community of people who all share one huge passion. I love it!
Finally, it came to that hill. Urgh, that hill. It never gets easier, but the feeling of achievement getting up it you cannot beat. The end was in sight, just 50 yards to go down the hill to reach the finish line. I got to the finish line, collected my chip and had my barcode scanned. All done! No, I think not…one of my girl’s was yet to cross the line, so a bunch of us gals who had already finished went back to the top of the hill to meet her and support her finishing the last little bit. Crossing the line altogether was amazing. We are a team and there is no better day to cross the line altogether than International Women’s Day. Once we’d caught our breaths back and chatted about how fierce we are for getting it done, we chomped down on one of the delicious cupcakes that were so kindly made for all runners by the Southport Strollers. You guys can definitely do that more often if you like! Yummy!
I think it’s safe to say that Southport Parkrun smashed it today for International Women’s Day. I, for one, felt encouraged, empowered, equal and visible and that was down to the amazing volunteers and wonderful other runners that I like to call my team mates. Parkrun is for EVERYONE and Southport Parkrun makes that absolutely known.
In the words of the great Beyoncé, WHO RUN THE WORLD? GIRLS!