Last week the infamous Marathon des Sables took place in southern Morocco, across the Sahara desert. It is a six-day, 156 mile race. It is considered to be the hardest running race in the world.
During stage 2 of the race last week a local stray dog joined in with the runners, going on to finish that day’s stage. The next day he decided to join in again and completed the third stage (finishing 52nd place out of 800).
“Cactus” as he was nicknamed went on to finish stage 4, and indeed went on to complete stage 5 and finished the race to huge fanfare. He was even allocated an official race number and fitted with a tracking device for his growing number of fans to keep tabs on him.
Rest assured, he was reunited with his owners at the end of the race.
So, next time you’re struggling up the hill for the third time embrace your inner Cactus. Admittedly he had the advantage of four legs but nevertheless…
It certainly wasn’t quite as warm as the Sahara yesterday as 202 of you all took on the biting breeze swirling around the park. It played havoc with our used finish tokens at the finish, but hopefully it did give you a good push up the gentle incline towards the duck pond.
London and Portrush were our only declared visitors yesterday. There were also 28 folk joining us for the first time ever. We hope you enjoyed your visit with us!
We had one new age-category record yesterday as Paul Spick knocked a few seconds off his respective age category. Well done Paul.
PB corner makes a return this week. Well done to the 47 of you who left with shiny new PBs. Well done to,
Angela Creighton who made it back to back PBs, knocking nearly three minutes off her best time. Well done Angela!
Ian Wilson made it 6 PBs at Wallace this year alone chipping a few seconds off and creeping closer to 34 minute barrier. Well done Ian.
Ian Dyer took a sizeable 7 seconds off his PB, recording back to back PBs too. Super work from Ian. His 119th parkrun finish.
Roseann Spence clearly had her Weetabix as she came home as first lady, taking almost 30 seconds off her best time in the process. Rob Spence did pretty well too as he recorded his first PB since November. Well done Team Spence.
Etta Roberts wnet under 35 minutes for the second week in a row, on her 49th parkrun finish.
Finally, well done to Danny Ward who made it 4 PBs in 4 weeks. Sub-20 is now on the horizon. Well done Danny!
All the results are in the usual spot:
As we say every week, we are indebted to you all for being so willing to offer your volunteering skills. Without you, we cease to exist and nobody wants that. We’re very grateful to all our volunteers. You’re great. If you haven’t yet donned the hi-vis we’d love to see you any week. Just let us know! This week we offer our thanks to:
Run Director: Jonathan Davis
Timekeepers: Jim Pow and Colin Mooney
Finish Token hander-outers: Tim Haslett and Laura Johnston
Funnel manager: Michael Harris
Barcode Scanners: Fiona Mooney, Katie McCauley and Nathan Howe.
Marshals: Paul Alister, Kathleen Stewart, Patrick Kerr, Karen Evans, Rebekah Andrews, James Gault and Beverly Reid.
Tea/Coffee: Gillian Alister, Colin Ramsden and David Wright.
Pre-event setup: Gwyneth Hinds, Brenda Harris, Eamon McCaighy, Sarah Creighton and Ian Dyer.
VI Guide: Jock Mewha.
Tail walker: Thomas Harris.
Right, that’s enough for one week. We hope you all enjoyed your trips to the ducks yesterday.
The best thing is we get to do it all again next week. See you then!