This week we have not one but two run reports! Please see below another wonderful report, this time penned by Chris Hunt in celebration of his 250th run yesterday.
This week I joined the parkrun 250 milestone club. My first parkrun was in 2009. To begin with I used parkrun only as an occasional 5 km time trial, running mostly at Black Park. In August 2012 I made my only pilgrimage to Bushy parkrun on the day that Olympian Andrew Baddely set the male parkrun World Record of 13:48 which still stands to this day. Amazingly after the run he carried on with a training session!
I also ran the inaugural Upton Court parkrun on 24/11/2012. In the last kilometre I was overtaken and unable to catch a runner in my age category only to discover afterwards that it was Paul Sinton Hewitt the parkrun founder. Upton no. 9 also remains in the memory as the one where 18 runners braved the snow whilst parkruns all around were cancelled.
It was at Upton that I truly caught the parkrun bug. In 2014 I started running with my daughter Ellie in a buggy, completing around 50 runs over 4 years during the warmer months. Ellie, now 6, has herself completed 39 junior parkruns.
Upton I have to say is not my favourite course to run but what keeps bringing myself and my family back is the community spirit that has steadily evolved over the years. This is due in part to the use of the clubhouse and kitchen for which we are very fortunate. I would like to thank all the volunteers who have kept this event going.
I love parkrun for it's inclusiveness and the fact that it can welcome runners and walkers of all abilities and ages. If you have a bad run there is always next week and as I always say if your not happy with your result you can always ask for your money back.