This week has seen some of the regular volunteers at Haga parkrun taking on running challenges.
Claire Ward-Passey (above left, in the hi-vis Tail Runner vest) has started out on her 2017 goal to break 30 minutes for Haga parkrun. She’s no stranger to tough training, having completed the London Marathon back in 2015, but by her own admission, she’s not quite in the form that she was when she ran then.
“After I ran the London Marathon in 2015 I picked up an injury to my achilles and this kept me out of action for almost a year. I started running again last summer but it’s taken a bit of time to get back into the swing of things and to find some motivation to get some consistency in my training. But over the last few weeks I’ve started running a couple of times a week again and I’m enjoying it! I’m looking forward to seeing what difference it’s going to make to my parkrun times, and hopefully it’ll lead to some PBs over the next few months.”
Meanwhile over in Gran Canaria, Rachel & Hector Haines, were taking part in different events . Hector still holds the course record at Haga parkrun of 16.28 and is an established orienteerer and ‘sky runner’, whilst for Rachel this was her first marathon, picking particularly tough terrain for her first outing over 42.2km.
Rachel said “We both had a fantastic trip and thoroughly enjoyed the racing. The courses were all off road and across varied terrain, from steep rocky paths to rolling forest trails. We both climbed to 1930m (and the highest peak on the island) during the races and finished down by the coast with plenty more up and down in between. We’ll not complain about the Haga parkrun ‘hill’ again! Running through different parts of the island meant the weather varied too, from 5 degrees and rain to mid-20s by the finish. Overall it was an amazing, if not a little painful, experience (especially the last few kms) and great to briefly swap the Swedish winter for some sunshine”.
Great to see that parkrun can offer something to every runner. Of course, everything in running is relative. There’s always someone faster and slower than you, and the only real competition is with yourself! parkrun helps to provide everyone with a weekly opportunity to get out and run in a relaxed and friendly setting, where there’s never any pressure to perform. But of course the fact that you receive a finish time every time you run means that you can measure your progress and hopefully gives motivation to stick at it – of course having fun whilst doing so!
Thanks to Claire, Rachel & Hector for sharing their stories and also being fantastic supporters and volunteers at Haga parkrun!
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