You may have read the piece in this week's parkrun newsletter about Sandi Toksvig, as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, arranging for this week's Southsea parkrun to be "Sandi's run". Sandi, like many of us, took up running to improve her health, and wanted to encourage university students to start the running habit. The event director told us the University had made the original donation that allowed the Southsea park run to start up almost 2 years ago.
A beautiful, glittering morning with lots of tri-athletes in the sea and a number of yachts out enjoying the light breeze. A great occasion. There were loads of students wearing purple t shirts, plus Sandi herself, bringing participation to over 450 people (compared with the typical recent 300). Some ran, some walk / ran, some looked like they had never run before. Sandi herself got a great reception when she finished. Truly inspiring, park run really is for anyone.