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The power of parkrun

By EILEEN JONES

IMAGINE going for your first ever trail run in the Lake District. Now imagine that you’re going for your first ever trail run, and you can’t see anything.

Dave Williams, a parkrunner and marathon runner, is blind, and has just experienced trail running for the first time, on the slopes of the Old Man of Coniston.

This is a story of determination, of overcoming life’s challenges, and believing that you can do something, and it’s here for the telling thanks to parkrun.

Dave, who lives in Worcester, has done 60 parkruns at 20 different venues, but hasn’t seen any of them. Dave was born with Leber Congenital Amaurosis, which causes sight loss at birth. I heard about him when researching my book about parkrun*; his father, Gwilym, is a member of my club, Clayton le Moors Harriers, now living in Austria, and a close friend of the husband of my running buddy, Judy Sharples.

I heard Dave’s story, and wrote about it, loving his enthusiasm and self-deprecation (his regular guide runner, Bex, is dyspraxic and can’t always tell right from left “so between us, we manage somehow!”) and when the book came out Dave bought a copy for his family. But he couldn’t read it himself, of course, and asked if there was an audio version.

That was something I’d not considered, but contacted the RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People), where Dave works, and arranged for a friend, Wayne Singleton – who has the know-how and access to the technical kit  – to read the book, record it, and supply the audio files to the RNIB library. From where Dave has recently borrowed it and listened to the whole book.

Then Dave said that he and his family were coming on holiday to Coniston and he asked if we could meet, and also asked if I knew anybody who could take him for a guided run as he’d always wanted to try trail-running. The multi-talented Wayne (who also has a business, The Running Concierge**, arranging trail and fell-running mini-breaks and holidays in the Lakes) is also a qualified running coach, and has experience of guide-running.

And that’s how, on a baking hot morning, Dave Williams had a taste of trail-running in the heart of Lakeland mountain country, with the man who had read the parkrun book to him. He and Wayne ran (and, wisely, sometimes walked) up the side of Church Beck, past the Coppermines Youth Hostel, and into the wilderness of Boulder Valley.

He saw nothing of it, of course, but heard the beck and the waterfalls and the cry of the buzzard overhead. He heard – from the best of all guides – the history of copper-mining in the area, and how in recent times water-power has been harnessed to create electricity, and how the top fell-runners come tumbling down these hillsides at break-neck speed.

For Dave it was a morning he’ll never forget. “I’m a road runner, I’m used to listening out for traffic, and being told where there’s a pavement step. I thought the hardest part would be the heat, and the steepness of the hills, but it was the terrain under foot that was the toughest.”

Dave told Wayne: “‘You can take what you’re given, and survive, and be happy with that, or you can work at it. There are blind lawyers and doctors. Don’t let it be a barrier.”

For Wayne it was a humbling experience. “It’s amazing to be trusted to guide someone with a visual impairment, and presents all sorts of challenges that I wouldn’t normally think of. There’s a constant commentary to ensure that Dave didn’t trip or stumble, as well as making sure he didn’t get branches in his face. It’s awesome to be able to try and describe our scenery to someone, in an appropriate richness, to enable them to ‘see’ through words. It’s also interesting to learn about vertigo from the perception of a person who can’t see the drop. It presented me with equal amounts of joy, terror and glee to have the responsibility of guiding Dave today, and it was topped off by being introduced to his family, and sharing a paddle in Coniston after our run.”

And for this experience, for this meeting, for this connection: the power of parkrun. It really does change lives.

*How parkrun changed our lives (https://gritstonecoop.co.uk/product/how-parkrun-changed-our-lives/)

** https://www.runningconcierge.co.uk/

Welcome to the Running Concierge

A new service for city-based runners to have a taste of Lakeland trails is launching in Cumbria.

The Running Concierge is a new concept in the UK, offering busy people with demanding jobs the chance to have a running weekend in the Lakes organised entirely for them.

It’s being led by UK Athletics coach Wayne Singleton who has just hosted his first visitors on a bespoke run-centred visit to the Lakes.

“If you’ve watched running coach and social media star Ben Parkes in action, you’ll know the feeling,” says Wayne. “Ben’s a fit guy with a marathon best time of 2.25 but in one of his videos, he’s racing in the Alps and recognising that as a Londoner he doesn’t have the climbing – or descending – in his legs.

Wayne Singleton

“We know there are runners who long to experience the trails and fells here, but don’t have the time to plan, and don’t know where to start.”

The Running Concierge arranges everything, meeting the train from London Euston or elsewhere to Oxenholme, taking guests to a hotel booked for them, and taking them on guided runs in the South Lakes area, including an ascent of Loughrigg fell.

There’s also the chance to add a cultural dimension to the weekend with a visit to Rydal Mount, home of the poet William Wordsworth. The Concierge recommends restaurants near where the visitors are staying, and can even book tables for dinner, if it’s not provided at their hotel.

The running concierge concept exists elsewhere but on a smaller scale. Hotels in Chicago and Moscow, for example, offer running tours of the city for their guests. And at the Ritz-Carlton, Vienna “guests can enjoy a smooth run throughout the area, with the hotel’s Running Concierge, who is not only a brilliant jogging partner, but also a fantastic guide to the Imperial city, with incredible insight and stories to tell.”

Wayne says: “We’ve taken that idea and developed it into an entire weekend break with trail or fell-running at its heart. We can take runners of all abilities and levels of fitness, and we can tailor route choices and distances to suit our visitors.”

A weekend break might start with a run or walk up Orrest Head on the Friday night; Saturday might be a combined run and sail on one of the steamers on Windermere or Ullswater; and Sunday could be a fell-run taster, followed by cream tea at Rydal Mount. Hotels range from the Burn How at Bowness to b&bs in the Windermere and Ambleside areas. “Our visitors will be in the heart of the Lakes and because we are local experts, not a moment of their weekend will be wasted,” says Wayne.

Richard Askwith, who wrote the best-selling book about his attempts to complete the Bob Graham round, Feet in the Clouds, was based in London throughout his time training for that. He says: “It’s certainly a challenge training for the fells when you’re based in London. But it can be done. I did it for years, and I even got quite good at it for a while. There really aren’t many better ways of motivating yourself than thinking about your next run in the Lake District.”

The Running Concierge with Mathew and Tayler on the summit of Loughrigg

Mathew and Tayler Carver spent three days on their first-ever visit to the Lakes organised by The Running Concierge. The couple, who run a chain of cheese restaurants, the Cheese Bar and the Cheese Barge, and a cheese shop London, stayed in Windermere and were taken on guided trail and fell runs, fell walks, and a swim in the lake with Wayne.

“It was really relaxing to have everything taken care of,” said Mathew. “If you are time-pressured as we are, it’s difficult to make plans about where to go and where to stay.”

Tayler said: “We could have come here on our own but not known where to go and wasted time on such a short visit. It was good to have expert advice and local knowledge, so we’ve learned much more about the Lake District.”

For more details: https://www.runningconcierge.co.uk/

Winding down after their run: Mathew and Tayler visiting Wordsworth’s house at Rydal Mount

Contest to find the best CAKE in the Lake District

A summer fair in Windermere will stage a competition to find the best cake in the Lake District.

The Lakeland Cake of the Year Championship will be the highlight of the fair in the grounds of St Martin and St Mary’s CE primary school on Prince’s Road on Sunday August 8.

It’s a charity event with all funds raised going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Stalls will be available for hire – the fee being to bring along a cake, – and there will be food & refreshments from Yardies Jamaican Street Food.

Previous winner

The cake contest is being revived by Jen Braithwaite and Eileen Jones of JB Cumbria, who met when organising the original event ten years ago at the Briery Wood Hotel. It included themes of the Olympic Games, and Lakes and Rivers, and attracted some remarkable creations from amateur and professional bakers. They raised money then for Alice’s Escapes, the charity set up to provide respite holidays for families with sick children, founded by Ulverston’s Alice Pyne; a teenager with terminal cancer whose bucket-list of things to do gained her thousands of social media followers. Alice died at the age of 17 in 2013, and this provided the catalyst for Jen and her involvement with Teenage Cancer Trust – since then, she has organised and worked on several events for the charity in the North-West.

Winning cake from the contest in Olympic year 2012. Recognise Sir Bradley Wiggins in icing?

Said Jen: “Every day, seven young people in the UK aged 13 to 24 hear the words ‘you have cancer’.  Teenage Cancer Trust puts young people in the best possible place, physically, mentally and emotionally, for their cancer treatment and beyond. They do it through their expert nurses, support teams, and hospital units – and they’re the only UK charity dedicated to providing this specialised nursing care and support.”

The theme of the contest is “Joy”, which can be interpreted any way that a cake maker wishes. Cakes should be brought to the event on the day, and they will be auctioned during the afternoon. The buyers will then take them home and provide feedback to determine an overall winner.

“We know that everyone has struggled over the past year and wanted to organise a community event that would truly bring some joy back into all of our lives,” said Jen. “And everyone loves cake!”

Winning cake: a replica of Ambleside’s Bridge House

The fair, from 2pm till 4pm, will be held in a marquee on the school field. Anyone wanting to book a stall should contact Jen on  jb_jbsconsulting@outlook.com It’s a free event though donations to the charity are encouraged.

JB Cumbria is a partnership between Jen Braithwaite of JB Consulting and Eileen Jones of Cumbria PR.

Teenage Cancer Trust is a registered charity: 1062559 (England & Wales), SC039757 

For more information regarding Teenage Cancer Trust – please contact: emma.cross@teenagecancertrust.org

Vernon and Laura’s walk of love for Kathryn

The husband and daughter of an Ambleside woman who died earlier this year have completed a marathon walk in her memory.

Kathryn Rigg died at home in March after a battle with cancer. Vernon Rigg and his daughter Laura Swainson aimed to walk 10 miles a day for 10 consecutive days to raise money for St John’s Hospice, Lancaster.

Laura and Vernon at Derwentwater

But they went several steps further, totalling a massive 144 miles over the 10 days, and raising so far £8528 for the charity. Add to that the 150 miles they walked in training, and their tally is close to 300 miles. The longest walk was 18.5 miles. “We had wind and rain in our faces all day but still had a smile on our faces,” said Laura.

Joined on different days by members of the family, especially son Daniel, Vernon and Laura tackled routes around Ambleside, over Loughrigg, Wansfell, and Alcock Tarn, as well as a walk around Derwentwater, and Kathryn’s favourite, at Arnside and Silverdale.

Vernon with Laura and Daniel at Troutbeck

“We had a mixture of weather over the 10 days but two days in particular were very wet,” said Laura. “The longest walk we did was on one of these wet days where my brother Daniel joined us, and we walked from Ambleside to Hawkshead then onto Esthwaite water back to Ambleside.

“Our favourites were the last day with Daniel, which was from Ambleside over Jenkins Crag up to Troutbeck then over Wansfell back to Ambleside via Rydal (13.5 miles); and round Rydal up to the caves, round Grasmere, up to Alcock tarn, then back to Ambleside via the coffin route, which was also 13.5 miles.”

Vernon and Laura at Grasmere

Vernon and Laura are thrilled with the amount raised so far, and hope to carry on collecting more money for the hospice. “Thank you again for all the donations for such an amazing cause close to our hearts. The treatment mum had from the hospice, and support for us as a family, was second to none.

“We have had the best 10 days doing the walks. It has been a big focus for us.”

 You can donate via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/laura-swainson  or give cash/cheques to Vernon Rigg.

parkrun: why we need it more than ever

A personal appeal by the author of How parkrun changed our lives.

As we edge closer to the re-start of parkrun, those with fears and anxieties or the privilege of good health might, please, consider that parkrun is much more than a fun way to spend a Saturday morning.

For some it was their ONLY social contact of the week. Imagine that? Imagine how they are feeling now, 15 months down the line? For some, those with work and family responsibilities, it was the ONLY opportunity for time to do something for themselves. For some it was the ONLY way to be motivated to take exercise in a safe and familiar environment. For some it was the ONLY respite from grief, from depression, from anxiety. For some it was the perfect way to spend time together as a family, exercising together.

For all these people, every day of delay is further torture. We are way beyond the simplistic question, why can’t they just go and run anyway?  We know that parkrun is much more than just about running.

And for the GPs, and not JUST those in the 1500 parkrun practices, who were prescribing parkrun for a range of physical and mental health conditions, the immediate return of parkrun is crucial. Would they tell a patient, sorry your medication is still not going to be available, after 15 months..?

The outdoor environment is safe. It’s as safe now as it’s ever going to be. It has been safe all the way through this pandemic. Many scientists have now proved and explained that outdoor transmission of the covid virus is negligible. But there’s a more serious pandemic building up among those falling ill, becoming overweight, unable to deal with diabetes , in danger of heart disease.

Some say, we should wait a few more weeks until it’s safer to mix with others. By all means, don’t put yourselves under strain of anxiety if you are feeling those fears. This is a voluntary experience. You don’t HAVE to run, or marshal, or scan barcodes, until you’re ready; return when you feel comfortable.But please, think about those for whom such involvement is imperative, as soon as possible.

There are landowners with their own codes of operating, who talk about the safety of ALL their visitors, at “peak” times. ALL their visitors, parkrunners or not, are safer in an outdoor environment. The scientific evidence applies to everyone. And “peak” times are not really 9am on a Saturday morning. At many parks, the runners have gone, all trace of the event disappeared, before most of the visitors start to arrive.  In holiday areas, it’s acknowledged that Saturday morning is a quieter time, being the traditional “handover” day as families arrive and depart.

What they, what we all, need to consider is what’s best for others, not just best for ourselves. What does another few weeks matter, you might ask? For many people it matters a great deal. To borrow from Bill Shankly, parkrun isn’t a matter of life and death. It’s much more important than that.

Eileen Jones is the author of How parkrun changed our lives

https://gritstonecoop.co.uk/books/how-parkrun-changed-our-lives/

Ambleside Sports cancelled for second year

Ambleside Sports will not go ahead this summer due to uncertainty around the lifting of Covid restrictions.

The biggest and oldest of the traditional Lakeland sporting events, the Ambleside Sports is usually held on the last Thursday of July and attracts crowds of thousands. It was cancelled last year because of the pandemic.

The organising committee had hoped to stage an event of some sort this summer, but they have decided with deep regret to abandon this year’s plans and put all their efforts into making the 2022 event the biggest and best ever.

“It is with really heavy hearts that we reached this decision,” said president Mr Jak Hirst. “We are all bitterly disappointed, and we know that our competitors in the many arenas, and our trading partners, will be disappointed too. But there is still too much uncertainty about what the summer holds, and it is a burden too great for a group of volunteers.”

The committee made their decision after considering many health and safety issues, including any continuing requirement for social distancing which might be announced, the enormous task of tracking and tracing many thousands of potential visitors, and the need for many extra volunteers to keep people moving safely through the gates and around the showfield.

They also learned that nearly all the local shows, all of them smaller and potentially more manageable than Ambleside, due to be held before the end of July, had already been called off.

“It is a question of reality outweighing the heartstrings,” said committee member Robin Dean. “We desperately wanted to put on an event to raise spirits and allow people to have some fun after the awfulness of the pandemic, but it’s just too soon for us to be sure that we could stage a perfectly safe event which was also enjoyable.”

The organising team are now hoping that new volunteers will step forward to join the committee and plan for next year’s event. The Sports includes wrestling, track cycling, hound trailing, track running and fell-running, and always features a very popular children’s sports competition.

Two become one as business experts merge

Two Cumbrian businesswomen are joining forces to provide a complete package of help for local organisations and companies.

Eileen Jones at Cumbria PR and Jen Braithwaite at JB Consulting are merging to meet demand as businesses try to recover from the pandemic lockdown.

They will retain the two individual business titles, and still offer bespoke services to clients as needed, but will operate together as JB Cumbria.

Photo: James Kirby

Ambleside-based Eileen set up Cumbria PR ten years ago and has worked for a range of tourism and heritage organisations including William Wordsworth’s home at Rydal Mount, the Heaton Cooper Studio and Gallery and Studio in Grasmere, Zeffirellis cinemas and restaurants in Ambleside, and the award-winning Cedar Manor hotel at Windermere.  She ran the public relations and news service for the environmental campaigning project, Windermere Reflections.

A former journalist and university lecturer, as course leader for degrees in both Public Relations and Journalism at the University of Huddersfield, she’s the author of the recently published book How parkrun changed our lives.

Windermere-based Jen set up JB Consulting two years ago after working for a global people-development organisation for ten years. She’s a specialist in personal and business development training and support, with wide experience in wellbeing, sales and marketing. She runs inset training for schools, bespoke wellbeing support and provides a full suite of organisational and strategic support to help businesses improve productivity and potential, while operating sustainably. She’s also an Advisor for the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce’s Business Growth Hub, providing support to many Cumbrian businesses.

The two met ten years ago when they organised the Lakeland Cake of the Year competition, raising money for the charity Alice’s Escapes. They plan to revive the contest this summer, to showcase their clients and fundraise for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Eileen said: “Businesses have much more complex needs today than they did a year ago. It’s no longer just about promotion and profile-raising; in many cases they will have to operate in a very different way. Joining forces with JB Consulting also means that we can offer a full PR and marketing service.

“Jen is a remarkable young woman with a very personable approach to helping businesses. Together we will be able to provide a comprehensive PR, marketing and business development service.”

Jen said: “I’m thrilled to be joining forces with Eileen. Together we can offer a fully rounded service to our clients old and new. After the past year or so we as businesses need to be even more agile to survive. The support of JB Cumbria will enable our clients to move forward and not only survive, but thrive.

“Eileen has been my mentor, role model and confidante for many years – to partner with her in more formal ways is a dream come true. I can’t wait to get going and really give our clients what they need.”

The new team will work with photographer James Kirby https://www.jumpyjames.co.uk/ , videographer Rich Berry (https://www.reelthings.co.uk/) and designer Ellen Longhorn (https://www.ellenlonghorndesign.co.uk/)  who specialises in logo identity and branding, and design for print and web, to offer a complete range of services to local and regional businesses.

They can be contacted at

Eileen@cumbriapr.co.uk and info@jbs-consulting.co.uk

Liz will walk a marathon for charity

An Ambleside woman will set off from home on Saturday (March 20) and walk all the way around Windermere for charity.

Liz Stobbart of Greenbank Road will tackle the 26-mile marathon to raise money for St John’s Hospice, Lancaster.

Gardener Liz and her partner Rob Powley have been training by walking the dog a little further than usual “and getting a few miles from home”.

Liz, a member of the Ambleside Sports organising committee, has never done such a distance before. “Every year when the (Brathay Windermere) marathon is on, I say I would love to do it, and never get on with it,” she said.

“Then I was talking to someone a few weeks ago who had done it on his birthday, so it set me thinking again and I said, right, I will do it.”

Liz chose to do the challenge this weekend while the roads are still quiet, before visitors are allowed back to the Lake District, as the Newby Bridge section of the route can be danerously busy with traffic.

She and Rob will set off from their house heading to Hawkshead, then down to Newby Bridge, and back up via Bowness and Troutbeck Bridge to Ambleside. They reckon the 26 miles will take them around nine or ten hours.

 After deciding to get sponsored for her challenge, Liz chose the St John’s Hospice in Lancaster. “It’s local, and living in such small villages I think we all know someone they have helped, and they need all the support they can get. They get 30% from the NHS and they have to find the other 70% themselves from fundraising. It’s tough.”

She added: “Members of the Ambleside Sports team have been very supportive. We’re all looking forward to being back in action this summer. I love the whole event, helping to set up and take down the equipment.”

Donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/liz-stobbart

Running BACK to celebrate the outdoors

Runners are going to celebrate the return to organised training with a new event based at Fell Foot park at Windermere: We’re Back!

The backwards-running challenge will take place on Easter Thursday, April 1, and is organised by the local run coaching and events team, Jogging Pals.

This will be a Covid-secure event, with participants asked to tackle the route – around the meadow at Fell Foot – in groups of no more than two at a time.

From March 29 outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed. Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis or basketball courts will reopen and organised adult and children’s sport, such as grassroots football, will also return.

Organiser Wayne Singleton said that he was thrilled to be offering a chance for runners to challenge themselves again, before the return later this year of his Run/Steam/Run events on the Ullswater Steamer and the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.

Last year Wayne’s team had to cancel at the last minute a planned challenge on Wansfell , Ambleside, when the first lockdown came into place. The Wansfell Two-Step was due to see pairs of runners tackle the fell (uphill only) with legs tied together.

Wayne Singleton and Jo Kilkenny training for the cancelled Wansfell Two-Step race. Photo taken before
lockdown restrictions

“We still can’t consider that event because of the need for social distancing,” said Wayne. “But we think a lot of people will enjoy a backwards run around the meadow at Fell Foot.”

The procedure is simple: from 10 am when the car par at Fell Foot opens, runners are asked to make their challenge at any time that morning. There will be no prizes for the fastest finishers, but runners are asked to make sure that someone photographs their efforts, and uploads those pictures onto the Jogging Pals facebook page. A winner will be chosen at random – a name from a hat – to win the prize, a signed copy of the new book about parkrun, How parkrun changed our lives, in which Fell Foot is featured.

Only people living in the locality, who are permitted to drive to Fell Foot for exercise, are allowed to take part, due to Government restrictions.

Nigel Holmes, above, a well-known medal winning retro runner from Manchester said: “Running backwards is great fun. If I lived nearby I would definitely love to have a go at this.”

Lucy Tickle, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer for the National Trust which owns Fell Foot said: “This is such a fun challenge. We have missed seeing our parkrunners here, and it will be lovely to see people going the other way around the meadow.”

How the media covered last year’s cancelled event: https://run247.com/running-features/iconic-races/wansfell-two-step-tobecome-a-regular-fixture-on-the-fellrunning-calendar

Book here: https://www.trybooking.com/uk/book/sessions?eid=17449.

And check Fell Foot’s website to book a car parking space. Click the green button to check availability. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fell-foot.

Relay from Lakes to London to launch parkrun book

A team of runners will cover 330 miles in a relay from Windermere to London to celebrate parkrun.

The relay will start at Fell Foot park at 9am on Friday (March 19) and will end seven days later in the original home of parkrun, Bushy Park.

The baton – a copy of a new book about parkrun – will be presented there to the founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt.

The event is being staged according to current safety guidelines, with each leg being tackled by runners in their own home area, and only one or two on each leg.

Some of the runners who will be taking part in the relay..
further photos below

It has been organised by the book’s author, Eileen Jones, with a team of parkrunning  heroes in each region through which the journey passes.

“It was a sudden – maybe crazy – idea to launch the book as we couldn’t do anything the traditional way,” said Eileen. “But the moment I put out a call on social media, I knew it was going to happen. The response has been overwhelming.  So many parkrunners are missing their weekly fix, and wanted to be involved. We had to turn down many because they didn’t live near enough to the route. And all of them say that they are excited to be part of something bigger again.”

Eileen’s team comprises Simon Harrop, Eve Taylor, Phil Sutcliffe, Sue Martin, Jenny McBain and Chris Kitchener, each taking charge of a region as the book heads south, following a line created by map-lover Liz Wakelin. Between them they have recruited 90 runners of all ages and abilities.

The regional sections are:

Day 1 (March 19): Fell Foot to Lancaster

Day 2 (March 20): Lancaster to Worsley Woods

Day 3 (March 21): Worsley Woods to Hanley Park, Stoke

Day 4 (March 22): Hanley Park to Lichfield cathedral

Day 5 (March 23): Lichfield cathedral to Warwick

Day 6 (March 24): Warwick to Aylesbury

Day 7 (March 25): Aylesbury to Bushy Park

“This would have been a logistical challenge even in normal times, but they have all worked so hard to make it happen,” Eileen said. “It says so much about the mutually-supportive ethos of parkrun, and a tremendous can-do attitude. It is our gesture of thanks to Paul Sinton-Hewitt whose little idea for a Saturday morning run with friends turned into a global phenomenon that’s had such an impact on so many lives.”

How parkrun changed our lives (https://gritstonecoop.co.uk/books/how-parkrun-changed-our-lives/)  details the health and social benefits of the weekly 5k events for runners, joggers and walkers. Some seven million people around the world have signed up to take part, and were still registering during the past year when the pandemic forced the events to cancel. It’s hoped events will start again in England on June 5.

The book also has interviews with many people who say that their lives have been changed for the better, and who talk of the joy that parkrun has brought them. There’s a number of parkrunning clerics discussing whether parkrun is a new religion, a blind man who has run from England to Wales and back, a couple who got married during a parkrun, and the British doctor who holds the USA female parkrun record.

The relay is supported by Open Tracking who will be providing a live map on which to follow the progress of the book. https://live.opentracking.co.uk/bookrun2021/