Hi. Sorry - I know that I have sung the praise of Parkrun before (and posted a film of me marshaling). I just wanted to say that this morning was, I felt, a perfect example of the enormous community spirit that these events can foster. It transpires that one of those who died in the recent Nepal air crash was a local man whose main hobby was running. He had run in our Parkrun on a number of occassions (including taking part in the first one). Anyway, around 400 runners participated in a minutes silence for him, this morning and I have to admit that the occassion was very moving indeed. Rest in peace, Raymond.
This is really not meant to be "bragging" and I am, certainly in terms of running, pretty useless. I do however enjoy it. I suffered a "severe" diffuse axonal brain injury a couple of years ago and broke my spine in a couple of places. I am now registered as partially sighted and walk with a white cane. I also have a few other brain injury related "issues". That said, I took part in a 5k race yesterday and will be doing a 10k this morning. Although I have a "sense of humour failure" at times, this is possibly brain injury related. I like to think that I usually look on most things (including my own condition) with irreverant humour. The terms that I and my wife etc. use to describe me, now, are distinctly lacking in "political correctness"!
I am very involved with my local Parkrun (Bramhall) and just wanted to sing the praises of this and other Parkruns. They are fantastic events and are very friendly and welcoming. Certainly in the case of my local Parkrun, the scenary is lovely and the people seem great and appear to have a lot of fun. The following website is a video that someone shot quite recently and I think it gives a great flavour of the event. I shouldn't admit to it, but I am the marshal at the start of the film shouting some encouragement as folks run up a short hill!
My running club organised a beginners event this year (440m swim; 20k ish bike and 5k run. I think it went ok. We plan to try again at some point. We also organise duathlons and have our first 10k race next week. By all means you are welcome to join in. We are in the NW (Bramhall). If you are interested, please let me know and I will give you whatever info I can.
If people promise not to laugh, here is a film that someone made of the triathlon. Hopefully it gives a flavour of the event (i.e. very beginner friendly and lycra tri-suits/TT bikes are not at all needed!)