I know I do go on about parkrun, but I’m not going to stop anytime soon, especially as I’ve discovered we have a parkrun poet at Woodhouse Moor!
PhD student Tahera completed her first parkrun earlier this year and like anyone else who parkruns, she was bowled over by the experience. Most of us just fill our social media feeds with adjectives, like ‘ace’, ‘stoked’ and ‘knackered’, or talk incessantly over post-run coffee, but Tahera was moved to poetry.
It wasn’t difficult for her, she is a poet. She even shared her work at the Batley Iftar, to celebrate the start of Ramadan. The month of prayer and fasting can challenge anyone wanting to run, but Tahera was with us at Woodhouse Moor, volunteering, helping sort the tokens afterwards and running.
Tahera is now one of our regular welcome briefers, I hope that next time she does it, she’ll read her poem. Thank you, Tahera, thank you, parkrun!
The Running Bug by Tahera Mayat I lost my parkrun newbie badge At Oakwell Hall parkrun in Birstall It was the day before my birthday So I was looking forward to cake But post-run refreshments are Just that post-run i.e. afterwards First I had to do a 5k or 3.1 miles I've never even walked that far! I had butterflies in my stomach Calming words from running friends Run on the downhill I'm advised Ahead of the first timers briefing It's 9am on a Saturday I'm not having a lie-in But hearing 3, 2, 1, go And starting my first 5k It was a challenging course With the uphills and off-road The run was tough for me But the aftermath was worth it The guilt free cake and hot chocolate Basking in the praise from the others The post-run atmosphere and chat But best of all was getting my time I remember we did a group photo With the bright red Run for Jo banner Next thing I know I'm back at Oakwell Doing a challenging yet rewarding 6.5k But if long distances aren't for you Then there is the 2.5k fun run And if running isn't for you There'll be food and entertainment So spread the word about Run for Jo taking place On Sunday 23rd June 2019 At Oakwell Hall in Birstall