Has anyone got any fireworks left over? If so, you may want to set some off to celebrate the arrival of the 18th edition of goats on the run! This time, we’re shining the spotlight on some of the many Lonely Goats who ran in the USA, UK events, parkruns, or on their own around their local neighbourhood.
At Lonely Goat Running Club, all runners are welcome, regardless of the speed you run, the distance you run, the events you run, or the reasons why you run. This is why, in goats on the run we celebrate all achievements and shout about the runners who happened to catch our eye on our Facebook, Instagram and Strava channels. With so many members, it is impossible to feature all of you in goats on the run, but we do hope you take inspiration from the achievements of your fellow Goats.
New York City Marathon
There were a few Goats in New York last weekend – either running the marathon themselves, or cheering others on. Here are a few of them:
Joanne and Paul Thurlwell
See if you can spot Paul in the picture below. Joanne says, he was the “happiest Lonely Goat running the New York City Marathon” and ran a new personal best (PB) of 3:38. They even managed to squeeze in the Abbott Dash 5K the day before.
Still on the other side of the pond
The Marine Corps Marathon is one of the most prestigious races in the USA. This year they added a 50K option, which Richard ran after some less-than-idea preparation:
“I’ve come to the conclusion that spending two weeks travelling around New Orleans and Nashville drinking and eating too much doesn’t help prepare you for a 50K run.
On Sunday I took part in the first Marine Corps 50K ultramarathon in Washington DC and it appears the marines and other runners love the green goat running top.
What a run: 20 miles of pouring rain and 11 miles in extreme heat.”
Back in Blighty: Run Tatton Half Marathon and the Glen Ogle 33
Keeping with the ultramarathon theme for one moment, Iain ran in the Glen Ogle 33 – a race that has home-baked cakes and a ceilidh on offer at the finish line. Here are Iain’s thoughts:
“I can now say I am an ultra runner! By jings what a day! Started in pouring rain, but that didn’t last long and then a couple of hours in the sun came out! Thanks to all involved for a well organised event! Now, let’s swap my running shoes for dancing shoes – bring on the ceilidh dancing!”
A little further South, the Herd was well represented at the Run Tatton Half Marathon. The venue, Tatton Park in Cheshire, is a beautiful historic estate, with a deer park, mansion house, gardens and a farm. Here’s how a couple of the Goats got on:
“I questioned my sanity whilst freezing to death at the start line. I also questioned why I was there as I was hit on the head by an acorn due to the wind. And I was thanked for breathing down someone’s neck which got her to the end! What a soggy old parkrun that was – but my first as a pink Goat!”
Just get out there and do your thing
Running isn’t all about organised events. Some of the best runs are those where you’re on your own, doing your thing, just running for the fun of it. Here are a few Goats who had particularly enjoying running experiences over the past few days.