|Matthew: runner of 50 parkruns !|
I’ve written about “parkrun” before...but I have to just add a little post now, as our family celebrate our son Matt’s 50th parkrun.
Since he took up running, just 2 years ago, he has done far more than the 50 parkruns we were celebrating today...10Ks, half marathons, funruns, sponsored runs, and most recently, a triathalon. He has organised events for local schools/ churches/charities, he has raised funds for several different causes and he has influenced so many friends and family members to improve their health and fitness levels by joining in. He has also joined the blogging world, and writes beautifully about combining running with family life. ( See his blog listed with those that I follow...." Run Daddy Run".) http://mattpattrunningblog.blogspot.co.uk/
|Matt as he comes to the finish line. Rainy conditions probably meant not too many PBs this week !|
He has been supported by his wife, Sarah-Jane, and the eldest of his 3 sons, Dexter. Sarah Jane and Dexter run in the 5k parkruns....and Matt and Sarah are now heavily involved with the setting up and development of Huddersfield’s junior parkrun events.
|Sarah Jane with Flynn, as she helps organise last week's Junior parkrun.|
|Dexter, warming up for Junior parkrun|
On a personal level, Matt supported me to be able to complete a couple of 5k parkruns last year, as I improved my fitness following my cancer treatment. I have sort of given up on running myself now......knowing I am fit again, and maintaining it by some much more serious walking ( much more sedate for someone of my great age ! ).
|Dexter finishing his 2K last week, with Jess running alongside him, and the official high fiver waiting to greet him across the line.|
|Well done Dexter....Jess hugging Dexter after his run.|
So, this post, is just to record how brilliant we think Matt is, and to congratulate him on his 50th parkrun.
The weather wasn’t kind.....but to be honest, it doesn’t seem to make much difference.
|The start.....today, it was in the rain...but no one cares!|
Every Saturday 600 plus people turn out to run the 5K, then on Sunday 160 under 14s turn up to do the now established 2K junior parkrun. So...well done to everyone who is involved with this....and special congratulations to our brilliant Matthew.
|Its a whole family occasion.... Grandad Mark and Auntie Jess supporting runners and spectators alike.|