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The Rockin' Rev October 2019

ROCKIN REV

A personal milestone

 

ROCKIN' REV 10-2019BTeddington UK, southwest London, Bushy Park, 13 runners, 3 volunteers, a stopwatch, some washers from the local hardware store and a piece of paper. Then it was off to the cafe for a chat
 
It all started on 2 October 2004 and no one even thought of asking the park for permission. Since then the parkrun community has spread around the world with events in at least 20 countries including Russia, Malaysia, and Swaziland. Parkrun has grown but is still based on the simple, basic principles formed at the very start – weekly, free, 5 kilometers, for everyone, forever
 
ROCKIN' REV 10-2019CThis simple formula seems to work everywhere in the world and the facts speak for themselves. As of the time of writing there are 334,635 parkrun events worldwide. The number of runners running is 4,011,778. The number of volunteers worldwide is 512,601 and the total time run worldwide by parkrun runners is 3,065 years, 326 days, 9 hours, 12 minutes 5 seconds
 

ROCKIN' REV 10-2019DToo often sport is reduced to being all about winners and losers. By contrast parkrun, boasts many stories of people who haven’t done any physical activity since school but have taken the plunge – many of whom have been conditioned to think sport isn’t for them. Yet time and again parkrun has proven able to reach parts of the population that other sports cannot
 
ROCKIN' REV 10-2019AMy wife has been running the Gorleston Cliff’s parkrun for some time. She’s done 46 runs and her current personal best is a time of 37 minutes and 7 seconds. Eventually I thought “Well if I’m there watching and clapping my wife on, I may as well signup to volunteer”.  I recently reached the personal milestone of volunteering at my 25th parkrun and I now have a tee-shirt to prove it
 
Parkrun’s chief executive, Nick Pearson, has stated that the biggest mission of the organization is to get more people involved. He says: “Our ambitions are both modest and huge in the sense that we want to make a greater impact in making more people healthier”
 
Oh, before I sign off.  For fans of the Beatles here’s a more random fact about the parkrun community – there are 46,591 Johns, 37,429 Pauls, 15,117 Georges and 4 Ringos
 
Happy 15th anniversary and long may parkrun thrive!
 
Post Script:
Whilst writing this article, a verse from the Bible came to mind: “The people should not think that small beginnings are unimportant” (Zechariah 4:10)

 

Rev Brian Hall
Vicar, St Andrew’s Church

 

as published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine

 

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