Well it has been a slightly different couple of weeks. It started with the Parkrun that most of us did not make on the Saturday, but Lorna and Michael went along. Lorna managing the first 5k that Michael had braved the week before, and he managed to take almost 4 minutes off the PB he had set the previous week.
The Sunday saw Tony and myself abandoning the group. I was running a 10k in Huddersfield and Tony was marshalling a run in Bristol. All I can say is that it will be a welcome break to be back running in the park, after the 3km climb at the start that led onto at least 3 more shorter but sharper climbs before the end. It was a beautiful setting for a run but very gruelling.
It was great to hear that everything went well. John took the 8.30 group and everyone worked together to help Sarah run her first 10k. It is great to see that milestones and achievements don't end at that point, after doing the same thing herself only a few weeks ago, Wendy was around to support her into the same achievement. We can all be there for each other, and just because we are new doesn't mean we can't help others. So we will see how soon Sarah will be passing on the knowledge too.
Another great 10am group followed with Tonia. Another great week ahead of running including our Tuesday and Thursday groups.
It was great to be back on Sunday to catch up with Wendy and Lucy, who told me the Tuesday group is going very well, with Hina, Balbir and Dennis often joining them for a run. Talking to Dennis as well this week I found that the Thursday group continues to draw in some of our regular runners for a social run.
The 8.30 group met up in a chill wind. A good group of us ran together, even Wendy with Molly who managed a good few laps of the lake despite having a very energetic weekend already. The rest of us continued and managed the best part of a 3 mile run, managing to dodge the works vehicles parked around the lake. We also welcomed the return of a boathouse runner who hadn't been with us for a while, Kathleen. It was great to have you back with us.
The 10am group borough lots of familiar faces and lots of runners challenging themselves. Dav came along hoping to manage a couple of hills while running around the lake and managed 4. Dennis and Merlin pushed themselves in the quick group and got around even when it got painful. We all stretched together as usual by the boathouse, Tonia was recognised and we discussed putting together some extra training for anyone thinking of doing the Sutton Fun Run or the Birmingham Half Marathon. If that is you, stay tuned to find out about possible Saturday sessions that might happen soon, maybe once a month, taking in a longer distance.
We look forward to seeing you this weekend or the following week. If you are able, come and join us in the park this Saturday for a lantern parade, starting at 6.30 from the Sons Of Rest building. Should be atmospheric!