Amazing 9-year-old Bailey Matthews completed his 50th parkrun at Clumber Park. The boy with cerebral palsy showed once again why he is an inspiration to many with his ‘can do’ attitude and determination to succeed in whatever sporting endeavour.
Runners and spectators were in awe of Bailey who attained his half-century parkrun, demonstrating what this event is about in the light of the recent media publicity. He typifies the parkrun ethos with its emphasis on inclusiveness and community. He lined up alongside 191 runners on a multi-terrain course near the famous Sherwood Forest and crossed the finish line without using his walking frame. The volunteers clapped and cheered him as encouragement but also in recognition of the scale of his achievement.
Bailey had been presented with the Helen Rollason Award at the 2015 Sports Personality of the Year show; and was the 2015 Pride of Britain Awards Child of Courage winner. Both these awards acknowledged his courage upon finishing his first triathlon, unaided, in July last year. He received another award, a 50th parkrun cake to celebrate his latest triumph.
Milestones were the order of the day for several adult runners who completed their 50th and 100th parkruns, becoming members of special clubs that recognise their commitment.
Continuing with the achievement theme, Ant Rosevear of Southwell RC was first across the line in 18:48 followed by Benjamin Cash in 18:59 with Tim Baker taking third place in 19:29. Fastest lady was Helena Schofield in 20:39 followed by Charlotte Hewitt of Worksop Harriers & AC in 21:55. Heidi Harris of Southwell RC was third in 22:32.
For more information, visit the Clumber Park parkrun
Photo courtesy of Clumber Park parkrun