Monday I attended a dinner at the UK Houses of Parliament where I was hosted by the parkrun UK team including Tom Williams and Chrissie Wellington and by MP Brandon Lewis, a committed triathlete and marathoner. Usually it's enough for me to be in Tom and Chrissie's company but on this evening they invited a bunch of high profile movers and shakers and supplied a wonderful dinner on top of that. It was enormously humbling to hear each and every person at the table recount their parkrun experience and suggest what they felt the importance of our movement is and what the future might hold.
If that was not enough, yesterday I learned that Tom Williams, Martin Yelling and Gavin Megaw alongside Dave Moorcroft and the other Run Group members had succeeded in convincing the government that a policy regarding using running as a punishment in the UK needed changing for the better. It is encouraging to see that we can include folks like the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, who is driving this policy change, as supporters for the sport we love. You can read more about what happened here.
Now to the important bit. We have three new events this weekend. I’d like to extend a warm welcome to the following new events which start this weekend and offer the best of British to all the volunteers and runners:
Heirisson Island parkrun and Inverloch parkrun in Australia and South Manchester junior parkrun in the UK.
Finally, thanks to the 5,840 Volunteers and 74,000 parkrunners who took part at one of the 455 events last weekend.