So on Saturday, as part of the weekend excursion back home to Sheffield, I tackled the Graves Parkrun 5km. I had warned my dad that I wasn’t particularly fit but I was disappointed to see him disappear into the distance as we ran down the first hill towards the ponds. He got about 20 seconds ahead and I never got close.
It doesn’t say much about my physical condition that I was easily beaten by a 64 year old*. However, I think it says a lot more about my dad’s supreme fitness and dedication. To continue to be able to run 5km in 24 minutes is no mean feat once the years start ticking by. Dad trains several times a week and is an example to all of us.
To say I’m proud of him is a bit of an understatement. Not many people can say their dad is an Olympian, but he is so much more than that. He has dedicated his life to helping children and young people achieve their potential – whether it is coaching athletics, teaching or putting on kids clubs for children or for young people, often from disadvantaged backgrounds – he is even more committed to serving the community than he is to his own fitness.
* I was also soundly beaten by the latest superstar from my dad’s coaching squad – 12 year old Ana Garcia who ran the tough 5km course in just 20 minutes! She was 6th in the whole field and first female finisher!