With so much in the news that can be quite depressing and worrying at the moment, running is seen by many as hugely beneficial for their mental health and general wellbeing. For many Peel Road Runners the ritual and routine of a Saturday morning parkrun can mean so much more than a 5k run around a local course. Every Saturday at 9.00 am, at events all over the country, people young and old line up on the start line of a parkrun aiming to earn a new personal best, or ready for a steady run without the worry of traffic to contend with, or just a run and chat with friends. Parkrun is all encompassing and welcoming to everyone, whatever their ability …. a philosophy shared by the Peel Road Runners!
As usual Kingsbury drew the largest number of Peelers with Mike Shelton first home for the club in a time of 22:01, closely followed by Rob Mace in 22:51 (who was running with Mollie, his 12 year old collie!). Other runners included: Chris Bennett (23:26); Darren O’Leary (23:40); Stella Martin (25:37); Mark Boffey (26:24); Ben Dorkins (26:39); Simon Gordon (26:55); Clara Walton (29:14); Claire Guffick (34:13); Emma Whorwood (34:27); Roger Eastaff (34:37); Ann Hill (35:08); Nicola Bannister (39:29); Sarah French (39:39); Alison Dolphin (39:39); Ian Grigg (40:02); Lee Guffick (42:02); Christine Norris (47:11) and Stephen Andrews (47:12).
Parkrun tourists this week included: Ian Cooper (28:41) and Tanya Murphy (30:17) at Brueton; Garth Cox (23:54 at Walsall Arboretum; Andy Pickard (23:12) at Concord, Sheffield; Tim Mudd (27:19) at Sandwell Valley; Jackie Tierney (28:36) at Sutton Park and Michael Stevenson (30:39) at Warwick Racecourse. Meanwhile, Joy Sykes volunteered as a tail walker at Beacon parkrun in Lichfield.