It has been a great couple of weeks of running with the Boathouse Runners and elsewhere. All topped off by news of the entries opening for the Pete Hayes Handsworth 10k Fun Run in September. You can enter by clicking here and registering on the British Heart Foundation website.
The first Sunday we met up was International Women's Day and we were proving ThisGirlCan in the park while the Saheli women took on a bike ride from Cannon Hill Park to the Bull Ring. It was great to see them achieve this together but it was of course a shame to not see them and say hello as we ran.
The 8.30 group had a good crowd, with Dennis and granddaughter joining in early for a few laps until he did the very sensible thing and went off. He wasn't feeling right so he left early rather than do himself in by battling on. Sometimes we feel better running on some days rather than others and although there is the balance that we are often pushing our physical boundaries when running, it is important to be aware that sometimes the right thing to do is stop and respect how you are feeling. We have all been there at some time. The highlight of the session was the presidential guard formed around Kathleen when there were dogs ahead on the path.
In both groups there was lots of talking to go with the running as usual, which helped us all to go further than we anticipated. The quick group was boosted by three very brave runners, who joined us on the other side of the park and indeed stretched their own boundaries. We all finished together and stretched as usual.
I'm happy to report that the midweek groups were stronger than ever, especially the Thursday group where more people than ever got together and runners were even being brought into the group.
The runs on Mothering Sunday were special. We were joined by Saroj at 8.30 and took in a great deal of the park on a slightly colder morning. Great to hear that John Clinton has signed up for the Birmingham 10k and is considering the half marathon. It is looking like we will have small teams of Boathouse Runners at the runs listed below so check them out if you want to be involved too.
We were joined by a new member of the boathouse runners when Roy joined us at 10. I knew his face was familiar and it turns out that we have seen him before at the Perry Hall Parkrun. There was bravery in the air because everyone took the plunge this week; the whole group crossing the railway bridge and running on the other side of the park! We all made it around a short circuit and while boundaries had been stretched, nobody hit a barrier they couldn't get through. However, the nearly 2.5 miles completed in the end felt like a lot more for most of us. We are all very proud of how far everyone has come and how open to a little push and change you all are.
So I'll be running in Handsworth Park on Sunday again. Looking forward to it already.