On the first anniversary of Mick the Mackem sadly passing away far too soon, I just wanted to post some photos of the races I've run in his honour this year. I only "met" Mick on the GNR forum, but he was a really great person and has been sorely missed. I don't know if it was subconscious, but I seemed to take on one of Micks last pieces of advice and I've really enjoyed running the races I've run in the Sunderland shirt. As he said: "To those jogging, walking and running, enjoy it, because you never know when it can be suddenly taken away from you.”
I just wanted to end by saying thanks to Mick for all the support that he gave to fellow runners over the years. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The first four photos were taken by Sussex Sports Photography and they retain the copyright. They have been purchased and used under the license that they grant permission to reproduce them.
Well I had my little trot around The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park yesterday. I met two ladies from my local parkrun in the start pen and so I said that I would jog round with them as I was carrying my camera, taking pictures of the park and venues. I did last years run in 45 minutes as I took the other half's compact camera to take photos, but this year I took my super-zoom bridge camera set on "sport" mode to stop as much camera shake as possible. I was able to take some decent shots seeing as I was running throughout - I did stop to take a decent photo of the changed swimming pool and then had to do some serious weaving to catch up! I ended up just under 10 minutes SLOWER than last year but I enjoyed the atmosphere and running within myself whilst having a chat, etc with the people around me. As I got to the 100m line in the stadium there was a man who had just proposed to and been accepted by his girlfriend - the then hugged to the cheers of the other runners around them and crowds in the Stadium. It was a good day in the Olympic Park and we then spent a few hours at Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford. I was in the corporate blue shirt for yesterday's run, not in my stripey one!
Shielsy - Hope you get your job back (or is that keep your job?)! I think that if you have been getting excellent reviews you SHOULD be ok (fingers crossed). Just think of the extra cake as carbo-loading for Thunder Run. I'm not sure which link you cannot see the photo for. If it is the one in May where I was "high-fived" by Shane Richie then it has been greyed out by someone right clicking on it and you can just click the next link on that page and there will be another photo of me - I think I may have bought the one before the greyed out one, so you could click the previous link. If the photo you are looking for the most recent one of me a couple of weeks ago, then that one and another one of me "having lost my hat" doing a Mackem-bot at the finish is also in the Blog from the photographer at http://sussexsportphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/rpac-summer-10k-2013-free-downloads-now.html
If I don't get on before, I hope all of your Thunder Runners have a really great weekend and make sure you take good care of yourselves in the lead up to it (Shielsy) and during it! Hope you all have fun!
Hi Bearsted, I was in white last year and this year I am in green, which is probably about right. However there are some "grading glitches" from some of the runners at my local parkrun where some who are similar speed as me are in white and some faster people are in green! I expect that I will be in the conformist t-shirt, however it may be interesting to run in the t-shirt from last year! Last year I was under the impression that we had to wear the t-shirt and that the only person who did not was Nell McAndrew, the winner of the ladies race. I order for me to be more easily spotted in the stadium, I wore yellow football socks, one up and one down... This year they have actually said the shirt is not a requirement. I will probably take my "super zoom" round with me set in sport mode. Last year I took the other half's compact camera and it did not stay in sport mode so there was a bit of motion blur in many of the photos. Also she could not work my camera, so she did not take any photos of me on the track! Starting to look forward to seeing how the park has progressed!