Stewart parkrun

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Despite the smiles above, we were really struggling. Lee agrees that these middle few runs were the hardest. We were knackered, hungry and just wanted to crack on and complete the challenge.


Stretching was almost pointless now. Our legs were stiff as boards. We were still eating and drinking well though. Looking back now, I know I should have eaten and drunk more! The large rests between running were starting to take their toll. We knew now that running larger amounts would have been easier. We were in for a scrap but we didn’t know how big.


We had no other support at Stewart, after the highs of Albert it was a let-down! Val and Mick continued their amazing encouragement. Stewart parkrun was the first run we got lost and once we arrived, we didn’t even know the route! I think it’s fair to say that time was out of the window. We didn’t want to leave Albert to be honest so this added on time and runs were taking a lot longer than expected. Val did an amazing job at driving on the day, ABSOLUTELY amazing and we can’t thank her enough.


As we were pushed for time and we didn’t know the exact route we decided to make up a 5km run. We had a print-out of the official route so we tried to match it as best we could. Val emailed me the other day and I tell you what, we weren’t far off! The way I saw it, we were at Stewart Park and we completed a 5km run. Next!


Past halfway now. Seven down and only five to go!


About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.

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