The Biggest All Round Effort

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I celebrated the two year anniversary of Gateshead parkrun a few weeks ago and I was gobsmacked, honoured and over the bloody moon to receive an award.


I never expected anything, why would I? I just turned up to support and Adam had made some cakes for the parkrun the day before. The award was for the biggest all round effort at Gateshead parkrun 2013-2014.


I can’t remember exactly what Hilary said but I know I got quiet emotional. To be recognised for anything is a massive achievement. I always say to my Wife Amy that the one thing no-one can say about either of us, is that we’re lazy. I know that everyone thinks their life is the busiest but juggling three businesses, family, friends and home life can get difficult at times.


Both Christmas challenges have certainly taken a lot out of me. The fact I’ve only ran five times since Christmas proves that my confidence is quiet low. I’m still hitting the gym hard but running seems to have taken a backseat for the time being. I’m still going to parkrun though. I paced at the weekend and loved it. My aim was 25 minutes and I was nervous because I had no watch with me. I crossed the line in a time of 24 minutes and 56 seconds, not bad eh? Haha!

I’m a little disappointed that the above photo of Hilary and I is slightly blurry. I’m a perfectionist with some things! I’m also gutted that I should’ve had a shave that day too, although you can’t see much of my stubble in the photo, haha.


Hilary reminded us of why parkrun is so important. She loves to see people go away and come back. I said to Jimmy (Hilary’s Husband) that I’ve ran many parkruns in the north-east and that Gateshead is by far the most organised and friendliest parkrun I’ve ran. I know I’m biased as it’s my home parkrun but I have two other parkruns that are closer, so there must be something special taking me there.


2014 should be interesting. I’ve only signed up to three events and I think that will be my lot for this year. I’m really enjoying my weight training right now and I’l continue to mix it up by going to parkrun on a Saturday. If you choose to try one, please consider Gateshead.


I’m proud to have received this award and I’d like to dedicate this to Lee Nyland for running the 12 parkruns of Christmas challenge with me. To the founders, directors, volunteers and fellow runners. I thank-you too.


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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