It’s been another year of parkrun triumphs for my entire family. Here’s some of our highlights…
On 10th January, still not fully recovered from my injury, I came first in my age category for the first time since 5th November. OK, so the time wasn’t particularly quick (24:44) and my rival who has been beating me for all that time was away, but I was still happy to be back to winning ways.
On 17th February, I got my time below 24 minutes for the first time since I got injured – significantly below at 23:36. I was very happy to be 5th woman overall, although slightly disappointed to be 3rd in my age category.
On 24th February, I finished in 23:11, so I feel like my PB (of 22:23) is now in sight again. I finished in 62nd place out of 409 runners, was first in my age category (by a full four minutes!) and 9th woman overall.
On 7th April, my husband, younger son, daughter and I did parkrun in Copenhagen, at Amager Faellad. We all got pretty good times and positions too.
On 14th April, I finished in exactly 23 minutes, my fastest time since my injury. Most importantly, though, I beat my husband! I used to beat my husband nearly every week, but he hated how badly he did in the Cheltenham half marathon so much that he has beaten me every single week since then!
On 21st April, my daughter got her first PB in two and a half years! She ran in 28:54, 37 seconds faster than her previous PB. She finished in 265th place out of nearly 500 runners and was fourth in her age category out of 10 11-14 year old girls. This is an awesome achievement. Many women never run in less than 30 minutes.
On 28th April, exactly six months after his last PB, my husband finally got a new PB. He knocked a full 12 seconds off his old time and is now just three seconds off my PB. I fear I won’t hold the family crown for much longer!
On 4th May, my husband and son both got PBs. I went from the fastest in the family to the third fastest, and my son became the fastest in our house. My son finished in 22:15 and 52nd place out of nearly runners. He was second in his age category out of 14 boys. My husband finished in 22:17 and 55th place.
On 11th May, my husband got yet another PB – and took the family crown off my son after only a week! My husband finished in 21:56, which he was very pleased about as he’s been desperate to get sub-22 minutes.
Also on 11th May, my daughter got another PB, on the first time she’d run since her last PB. She got 28:19, was eighth in her age category out of 17 runners and 382nd out of over 700 runners.
On 18th May, my husband got his fourth consecutive PB, finishing in 21:54. If he gets another one next week he will equal my record from last spring of five consecutive PBs.
Also on 18th May, fresh from my his Tewkesbury half marathon triumph, my brother-in-law got a new PB of 22:36, which is particularly good considering he’d run to parkrun and was going to run home from it too.
On 25th May, my sister, who doesn’t get to run very often, knocked six seconds off her time to get a new PB of 26:34. She also came third in her age category.
On 9th June, I finally got my time below 23 minutes (22:49) for the first time since September last year, just before I got injured. I was 75th overall out of over 500 runners, first in my age category and sixth female.
Also on 9th June both my husband and brother-in-law got new PBs. There’s no stopping them! My husband got 21:38 and my brother-in-law got 22:13.
On 16th June, my 73-year-old dad ran his 50th parkrun! How awesome is that?
Also on 16th June, I ran much slower, with a time of 23:22, but I was first in my age category and third female overall, equalling my best ever position. I don’t think I will ever make it to second at my home parkrun, but maybe I would at a smaller one.
On 25th August I got all five of us running for the first time in well over a year. My eldest beat me for the first time ever and got a new PB of 23:07.
On 15th September, I came first in my age category for the first time in a long time (I used to come first nearly every week during 2016 and 2017). I was seventh female, 77th overall and finished in 23:20. Coming first in the category was especially important to me because the following week I moved up to the VW45-49 category.
On 22nd September, just over three years since his first parkrun, my husband ran his 100th.
On 6th October, I won my new age category for the first time (it’s only the second time I’ve run in the category). Ironically, I would also have won my old category, even though my time of 23:37 was pretty slow for me.
On 8th December, I ran a smaller parkrun and fulfilled my dream of becoming first lady across the line – and ninth runner overall, in a time of 23:28.
So that’s our parkrun triumphs for 2018. I wonder what 2019 will bring?