Our guest motivational speaker, Donald Trump, let us down unexpectedly today. We had lined him up to enthuse and encourage with some wise words on how to keep going, what to do when you hit the wall (for our Mexican runners) and give extra praise to anyone not male and white, our loss is definitely America’s gain. Perhaps next month…. if the unthinkable happens and he doesn’t get the Republican nomination nod.
Taking the chequered flag today was Richard Newsome, a local fella who lives in London was up visiting mum and had a crack at the Thread for the first time. And blimey, what a first run. He actually missed the course record by 1 aching second at 16:55. We took a photo of him with the trophy just in case - but can’t officially use it - more effort next time Andrew !
And speaking of effort, virtually everyone responded to this morning’s ticking off about putting more effort in. Puce faces matching the colour of THQ’s hoodies were in abundance. The younglings were especially impressive today, notables: Jacob Rifkin, huge effort, Freya Lester 2 years younger tracked him all the way. Matthew Stocks not feeling 100% but nonetheless giving 100%. Hermione Holland (8) hadn't run for two years, rocked up and did three laps (chocolate bonus please, mum). Jessica Reed completing 2 laps even though “the course was longer this time” and Emilia Corke a deliberate 2 laps to concentrate on speed work for an upcoming race. A hearty well done to all - and bit more next month please, ta.
We’d asked The Donald along as THQ was unusually depleted in numbers today with all our ladies missing. Luckily for us, Michelle, Dennis, Jenny and Ray are not campaigning for republican or democrat nominations this weekend, so gallantly stepped in to support.
We’d like to give special mention to two of our other marshals: Isobel Lester can normally be found in a swimming pool. The resident Darley Dale mermaid does also run the Thread but is saving herself for important sporting ventures including a 3 mile swim next week. Isobel is 10!
Thanks too to Ted Phillips and friend Jack who used Threaders to gain a volunteering credit for the Duke of Edinburgh award. No doubt, makes for uneasy reading when Ranald and Roger pick this up…..
John Birch has a smile on his face as his nominated charity, The Sepsis Trust will benefit to the tune of £100.62 following 111 Threaders digging deep.
Special event next month, can’t say more nudge, nudge, but you’ll hate to miss it