Who is holding the PB klaxon? Get it ready! Before my long run yesterday, I ran with my little girl in junior parkrun. Having only broken 11 minutes for the 2k distance a few weeks ago, she was definitely gunning for a PB. The grass is so parched that the course is like running on the road. The signs were good. But I was absolutely gobsmacked (and a little out of breath from her sprint finish) when she crossed the line in 10min and 01sec. Not bad for a six year old! Celebrations, naturally, ensued.

She may have been unfazed by the heat, but I can’t remember the last run I did which didn’t end with me dreaming of ice water and ice creams and jumping in an ice bath. I even started seriously considering a treadmill run – something which normally would require threats or substantial bribery. It didn’t help that circumstances dictated yesterday’s long-ish run had to happen in the heat of the day.

And talking of the heat of the day… I have been meaning to write about the I Move London relay, currently underway – indeed I took part in a leg of it the week before last, with three clubmates. The goal behind the relay – created by former Team GB triathlete Danny Bent – is no less than a world record. The aim is to cover 4,000 miles with one baton, in 5k or 10k loops, non-stop for 30 days and 30 nights. There are still plenty of opportunities for Londoners or visitors to join in – just sign up to join a relay leg online. It is, I should add, all done also to raise money for three great charities – The Running Charity, Laureus and Sported. And it’s a lovely way to enjoy a relaxed social run through London with friends. Go look at more details at londonrelay.co.uk.

And now over to you. Can anyone else boast of a PB (if you did, the going rate for success is one strawberry muffin and being carried triumphantly halfway home because “my legs ow now!”) or are you struggling in the heat? Share your triumphant highs and crashing lows below the line as always.

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