by Sandy Mullins
It is hard to believe another crazy year has gone by, one I think most of us can’t wait to say goodbye to. Yet despite all the bumps, we have learnt a lot and grown in many respects.
Running, and leading the runs has been a challenge as we have had to take safety and load shedding into account as well as lockdown restrictions. Choosing routes that had enough light, not too many intersections, holes and cracks, less traffic… has had us either being innovative and climbing a few Kilimanjaro’s, or boring and pounding the same streets of Glenwood until every pothole could be named! Winter caused us more consternation with little light, which resulted in a few tumbles, kissing the tarmac, a cracked bone or two and entitled runners to be christened ‘a real runner’ as you’re not a runner until you have scars to prove it!
The unrest in July also intensified the already exasperated COVID conditions, yet we still found time to meet and run with a sense of surreal safety as the community stood together and guarded the roads and the neighbourhood. The way people pulled together to help will be a highlight in a very bleak time of our history.
Meeting at the club to run has been the glue that has kept us together. A bond of unity and a common thread to not only stay fit, but sane has made our gatherings and pounding the roads an essential part of our daily lives. The chats and banter in that hour or so has been beyond beneficial. The friendships that are formed are priceless.
On a more serious note, with the passing of Steve Webber, it has highlighted the need for us to be real and understanding, to listen and to be there for each other. There are so many of us fighting inner battles, and the past two years has been exceptionally hard on all of us. Life is a daily challenge. Running is a good analogy where you get days where running is a breeze. But there are days of hard slog and it’s a case of putting one foot in front of the other. Moving forward! There have been times when going running is the last thing you feel like, yet after a run the sense of peace and calm filters through. Perspective!
We have changed the Gillies Saturday run to allow for variety and a change of scenery. This has been very successful, and the coffee spots afterwards being the reward, as the weekly photos testify! The last month or two have even seen a few races taking place, which has been amazing.
Life has been tricky, but together we can start the New Year with purpose and comradery and set a few new goals. So, wishing you all a happy, safe, peaceful Christmas, and may the spirit of the festive Season continue into 2022.