Let'sstart with the speedy ones. They must train pretty hard to be able torun 5km in the times they do, and I do aspire to be as fast as them.But do they inspire me? I'm afraid the answer is no.
Who does inspire me then?
- The runner that has taken up running in order to combat his type-2 diabetes.
- The volunteer that has run tens of marathons and is still a keen runner, yet chooses to give his time to volunteering.
- The runner that finishes in last position almost every week butstill turns up because they know that their finishing position doesn'tmatter.
- The volunteers that have no interest in running but turn up in allweather conditions to make sure that the runners get their weeklyparkrun fix.
- The runner in the 80-84 age category that turns up every now and then, and who finishes sub-35 each time.
They are just the ones that I can think of, I'm surethere are others (and I feel bad for missing them off of this list)which will come to mind in the next few days.
Sometimeswhen you're feeling down that you can't quite break into that elusivesub-17 club, have a look around you at the other amazing people thatare around you every week. Talk to some of the older or slower runners- I bet you find out some pretty inspirational facts about them.