Thursday, 7 January 2016

The Dawg does it again

You'll be pleased to hear that I managed to twist Will's arm to do our local Christmas Day parkrun.  It was touch-and-go for a while, though, since poor J Bear decided that Christmas Eve was a good time to start throwing up and, instead of sitting around in candle light singing Christmas carols, we spent the evening driving around in 40 degree (Celcius) heat looking for an open pharmacy...  But, champs that they are, both Will and Bear showed up at parkrun at 07:00 a.m. the next morning looking a bit bleary-eyed, but thankfully feeling a lot better.     

And they're off!  [Photo by Mark Krug.]

I volunteered on Christmas Day, so I didn't run with the group, and when the marshal announced that the first runner was approaching the finish line, I could barely believe my eyes.  In fact, I actually blinked a few times and then squinted to make sure that I wasn't dreaming.  There, with no other runner in sight, was Will, speeding towards the finish funnel in first place.  Uhm, what?!

I (of course) promptly burst out in a happy dance and gave him what must have been at least half a dozen high fives after he finished - who would have guessed...?!  First finisher in a time of 22:28 at his second ever parkrun...

Speeding towards the finish line.  [Photo by Mark Krug.]

But wait, there's more.  Last Saturday Will decided to join us at parkrun again (hooray!), this time with a much bigger field present (132 finishers vs. 51 on Christmas Day).  And yes, you've guessed it: He was first over the finish line again - whoop!  He improved his parkrun PB by 45 seconds, clocking a respectable 21:43 at his third ever parkrun.  Twenty-one forty-three


At it again.  [Photo by Erika Venter.]

Knowing Will, I know that this is just the beginning...  Watching this space in anticipation!


10 comments:

  1. Wow that's a fantastic time! Well done

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    1. Thanks, Jeanette! I'll be sure to give him your congratulations.

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  2. Seems like Will's a natural born runner, eh Karien? Good that he's discovered the gift early. It took me until I was 54! Regards..

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    1. For sure, Gordon. Just imagine the times he'll run by the time he's 54 (and beyond)...!

      All the best for a blessed and healthy 2016.

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  3. Wow, Go Will! I am sure the parkrun bug has bitten now, he has his crown to battle for!

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    1. Will is very competitive, Meg, so I'm pretty sure he'll try to bring down that time even further... Love it when he runs with us!! :)

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  4. Holy moly! It sounds like these Park Runs are really popping up everywhere but they sound and look like a lot of fun. I would love to try one...hopefully the pop up around Philadelphia sometime!

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  5. I've heard that they have big things planned for parkrun in the US this year, so fingers crossed that there will be one near you soon!

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  6. Ag dis belaglik man. Nee man. Ek dink hy en Nico hardloop skelm snags.

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  7. Heheeeee! Se ek mos ook!! Xxxx

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