It’s been another good few months of Parkrun, not just for me, but for my entire family…
On 6th May, my younger son recorded his fourth consecutive PB. He crossed the line in 23:52, his first sub-24 finish, 132nd out of 512 runners, the 116th male and 5th in his age category. He also beat his big brother’s PB by 25 seconds.
On 20th May, my younger son got his fifth PB in six weeks. He finished in a very respectable 23:38, was 131st out of 553 runners, 110th male and 2nd in his age category out of 14 runners.
Also on 20th May, I recorded my sixth PB this year, crossing the line in a time of 22:23. I was 75th out of 553 runners, 12th female and won my age category by over a minute and a half.
On 24th June, I was third female overall. It wasn’t a particularly quick time for me (23:04) – it just depends how many people are running that week. Lately I’ve often been 10th or 12th female, due to the sheer number of runners. I don’t think my dream of being second woman will ever come true unless I try a Parkrun with less runners!
On 15th July, my brother-in-law beat me for the first time, getting his first sub-23 minute finish. Yes, he’s male, 11 years younger and a lot taller than me, but I’m still very proud of him! He only started running last summer and manages to do Parkrun no more than every other week.
On 6th August, my husband reached his 50 Parkrun milestone, the second member of our family to achieve it. It was also the week that we first ran our Parkrun’s new course, of two laps rather than three. It will take a bit of getting used to!
On 2nd September, my daughter reached her 50 Parkrun milestone, a very proud moment (probably for me more than her!).
Also on 2nd September, my dad beat his PB. He’s been doing Parkrun for just over a year now. His slowest time (for his second Parkrun) was 51:33. His new PB is 37:55 and he’s giving my daughter a run for her money!
On 30th September, my sister got a new PB, her first in nine months. A week later, she smashed it by over a minute, with a new PB of 26:40.
On 7th October, my husband beat me for the first time in about 18 months, in a time of 23:07, beating my by 20 seconds. His Cheltenham half marathon hadn’t gone well and he was determined to redeem himself.
Also on 7th October, my dad got yet another PB, getting his time down to 37:04. It was actually his 10th PB of the year!
On 14th October, a little dream of mine came true when my husband, daughter and I all wore our 50 milestone Tshirts – it was my daughter’s 52nd Parkrun, my husband’s 57th and my 91st.
On 28th October, my husband got his PB. It had been a very long time coming – around 18 months. His time was 22:38, 16 seconds faster than his previous PB and just 15 seconds behind my best time.
On 5th November, I ran my slowest Parkrun for a while – 23:46 – but I was first in my age category by a minute and a half and third female overall! Other times I’ve run well under 23 minutes and been third in my age category. It just depends who else is running that day.
On 9th December, I ran my first Parkrun in five weeks, after injury had forced me to walk it for a few weeks. It wasn’t a great time for my – 26:13, but I was just very glad to be back and very surprised to be second female in my category, out of 22 runners.
At the start of the year, my dad set himself the target of running 20 Parkruns in 2017. He actually ran 29, more than any of my kids, my sister or my brother-in-law.
At the start of the year, I set myself the target of achieving 100 Parkruns by Christmas. It was a pretty tall order, as I only reached my 50th Parkrun in November 2016. But on 23rd December, I completed my 100th Parkrun.
Who knows what we will all achieve in 2018?