Billingham Junior parkrun, Sunday, December 24, 2017


Lewis Littlewood

This run was cancelled last week because of the ice, so we decided to try again on Christmas Eve.

The weather was warmer but very windy, perhaps I should have worn my skins after all.

I was with Patrick and Oscar and we were all very excited to be trying a new run.

The location is really convenient with handy parking and toilets at the Billingham forum across the road from the park.

The course is 2 and a half laps of the park and very flat. Potential for a fast race.

This was their second event so there weren’t  many people taking part. I’m sure it will build up.

The first lap I was in second place behind a boy from a local running club; I had eyed him up before and thought he might be competition. I stayed right behind him and then managed to overtake him by the end of the first lap.

I knew that my Daddy would be saying ‘Make it stick’ so I had to keep up the pace.

The second lap was really hard. I was starting to think I might win but the pace was very quick. I looked at my watch on a mile in, 6:47 – I started to think about racing for a PB!

With a half a lap to go, I had a lead of about 15 yards. I tried to go for a sprint finish but I just did not have the energy. I knew I was going to be first finisher.

The RD seemed quite surprised by the time. Course record. I had done a quicker time at another run in London but it had measured short and my Daddy had run with me. This I’m taking as my new pb.

I missed cheering Oscar and Patrick over the finish line because I was so exhausted and was lying on the floor. I think we all ran really well considering it was so windy.

Straight to MacDonalds for breakfast to celebrate!!

I really enjoyed the run and would recommend other people going.