Southsea parkrun #79 – Sunny Speaker’s Corner

This week's run report was written by this week's tail runner Dawn Aytoun - Thanks Dawn


What a glorious day for a parkrun, especially along the seafront on our original course, as it was meant to be.

After a few months hiatus from parkrun due to bad health I was overjoyed to be back, and as tailrunner no less. I strongly believe this is the position where the most magic happens, as you see everything along the way.

Today that included the 283 runners, with dogs, kids and buggies in tow; the familiar faces of the people who run every weekend the 36 first timers who you can see have become as addicted as the rest of you, and the runners that make you swell with pride through the progress they have made in reducing their time (66 PBs!!!)/being able to run further or just by being pleased they made it.

As tailrunner, it was wonderful to see the support that Southsea parkrun embodies. A group of women (pictured below) who clearly champion each other every single week to push for better, and achieve everything their bodies can while developing friendship over gossip from the week.

Today we were also able to whoop 'Happy Birthday' to a lucky runner with a parkrun on his special day!

However, the privilege really is to see the smiles of every single runner. To come and run in a social, supportive community, on a sunny day with the unusual occurrence of the wind behind you on the home stretch and the sea glistening along side you, really is the best way to start a weekend.

I guess it does help to have the small motivation of a giggle over breakfast with your fellow runners at the cafe that sits conveniently at the finish line.