Event number 449
25th May 2019
It didn’t take long for the slate-coloured clouds that hung over us, like Sunday evening homework, to be boiled away by the sun. And what started out as one of those ‘nothing’ mornings ended up as a glorious excuse to meander back home through Lydiard Park - chewing reflectively on a jelly baby. What a time to be alive!
Drawn like moths by the well-founded rumours of Swindon parkrun’s smooth organisation ‘like a Swiss watch’ (that’s what people are saying…) friendly atmosphere and beautiful surroundings - we welcomed visitors from Queen Elizabeth, Chippenham, Shepton Mallett, Marlborough and Milton Keynes parkruns. They were among the 535 people who joined in the fun - including an enthusiastic cohort from JB Fitness couch to 5k team (awesome work guys!).
During the pre-race briefing, parkrun co-director Emma Sperring singled out Simon Lansdowne for special mention - Mr Lansdowne puts in the hours as the run director for Swindon juniors parkrun which takes place every Sunday.
Today, through some careful planning, he was able to celebrate his 100th parkrun AND simultaneously his 100th stint as a volunteer. Good one Simon!
Emma said: “He does a lot of work, unnoticed, behind the scenes. And we are keen for everyone to recognise this.”
If you see him - remind yourself that you are in the presence of one of those decent people who quietly make things happen, without going on about it. There are never enough Simons.
Next week, parkrun is celebrating the first ‘birthday’ of the excellent parkrun practice initiative - a partnership between more than 800 GP surgeries and parkrun to promote health and wellbeing of patients and staff.
To mark the success of the first year, parkrun is aiming to encourage GPs and practice staff to come along next week. The GP parkrun pledge day builds on the success of last year’s parkrun celebration of the NHS’s 70th birthday.
For more on the GP parkrun pledge follow this link
A quick note for your diary - Swindon parkrun will not take place on 15th June - to make way for the Bubble Rush charity fun run taking place on that date.
Right then, here’s the roll call of glory:
Today we raise on our shoulders young Thomas Sandwell and Lewis Taylor who achieved 10 parkruns today. We also congratulate Vanessa Spencer for her 50th run and Samuel Kingsley and the afore-mentioned Simon Lansdowne for their 100th runs. And let’s not forget David Holman who today clocked up 250!
Thanks as always for the 42 superb volunteers who made this whole thing possible.
See you all next week… remember to bring a GP or someone from their practice with you if you can (it would be polite to ask their permission first).