Two weeks ago saw a big milestone for me with my 50th parkrun, which I celebrated at Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun, my first run on the much friendlier out and back course. Well the good news is that after yesterday’s 52nd run (again at Tetbury), I only have 48 to go to my next big milestone.
parkrun is actually all about milestones for me. And milestones don’t have to be about the big numbers, 50, 100, 250, etc. There are personal bests, course bests or best times of the year. But we all experience lulls and dips. So sometimes it may be running faster than the previous week, or staying with or finishing ahead of another runner, but what about those Saturdays when you’re simply not in the mood or are feeling a bit under the weather? All of those weeks when a PB is out of the question and the thought of even running 5k feels like (and is) a huge challenge...
It’s much easier to run on those mornings when the sun is shining, the birds are singing and life is good. But those Saturdays when you wake up, it’s dark, cold or miserable, you’re feeling a bit down or demotivated are actually the best days to do parkrun. They’re also probably the days when you need it most, and when you get just the hugest feeling of satisfaction and pride at the finish line spurred on by those fantastic volunteers and fellow runners. When dragging yourself out of bed, jumping in the car, getting to your local parkrun and running 5k is the biggest milestone in the world!
People are motivated to take part in parkrun for so many different reasons. It may be that you’re doing it for physical, mental, social or community reasons (or it could even be you simply love running). But ultimately you’re doing it for you, and no-one else. I took up parkrun in September 2018 with my first run at the inaugural event at Marlborough Common. My motivators were primarily physical as I had suffered a nasty leg injury in December 2017 and wanted to get back into shape. But I soon appreciated the mental benefits as well as that fabulous feel good glow every Saturday morning on completing my run.
So just for the record, I didn’t break my PB yesterday but it really didn’t matter. I didn’t stay in bed, I still completed a 5k run and no one can take that away from me. So my congratulations go out to those other runners and the fantastic group of volunteers who were also motivated to get out of bed and helped contribute to 142 completing a 5k run at Tetbury. If it was your first parkrun, please do make sure you give it another go and stick with it through those darker days. It is so worth the effort. And whatever your own personal milestones and motivators yesterday, you’re all heroes in my eyes.
This week 142 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:
Dawn Iola CHAPPELL • Rebecca DENNIS • Diana D'ARCY • Elaine KIRTON • Eileen HODGSON • Peter HODGSON • Vanessa CAMBRIDGE • Nick MOORE • Sally PATTERSON • Lou DAWSON • Catherine CHIDLEY • Jacqui SNEDDON-JENKINS • Daisy HINTON • Marc HINTON • Kirsty BYFORD • David THOMPSON • Alexandra BRANSBY • Stuart DENNIS • Maggie MARRIOTT • Bernadette BELL • Iain GRANT
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Alex BAMPTON who recorded a time of 16:24 on 24th August 2019 (event number 15).
The female record is held by Erica MARTIN who recorded a time of 19:20 on 24th August 2019 (event number 15).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mary DERRICK who recorded 89.20% (21:45) on 21st September 2019 (event number 19).
Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun started on 18th May 2019. Since then 2,096 participants have completed 4,308 parkruns covering a total distance of 21,540 km, including 814 new Personal Bests. A total of 216 individuals have volunteered 1,032 times.