A man who enjoyed a healthy lifestyle, and role modelled that as a family man and friend.
He loved running, swimming, cycling, football.. and above all he loved to do this not to just challenge himself physically and mentally, but as a family man.
He was a man who always had a smile, always there to help..there was a fun side…there was a serious side. He was one life’s real gent’s who had a big heart and selflessly gave his time to others.
He remained a private person on twitter hiding behind his twitter name @12pmclub.
He kept his identity, as he was a man of low confidence in what he was trying to achieve in public.
He shared the same enthusiasm to promote health and fitness as a way of life, with like minded people who he networked and interacted with on twitter.
There were many of us who all sang from the same hymn sheet – a song about fitness, fun, charity, family, encouraging, being positive, inspiring and motivating. He had a couple of extra verses.
One verse was to encourage you to get away from your desk, have a change of scenery, do something to exercise the body, give the brain a rest. Then you could be more productive in the afternoon for work, plus you also did something to make your body stronger.
The other verse was to encourage training with your family. There is a time when you need a solo run, swim or bike ride..but at weekends and evenings, get the family involved. If they don’t want to run, perhaps they will cycle alongside. Quality family time.
We all sang the same chorus out loud…
Let this not be a swan song.
Let this not be an anthem.
Let’s not hum it either!
It’s a song we should be singing any time, any place, on your own or with others.
A wonderful turnout with Reading Park Run regulars, new runners, friends from afar - a big thankyou to everyone who came and showed their support to Ged.
Please do check out Peter Cook's photos of the park Run here. Parkruns really do capture the whole essence and philosophy of personal fitness, fun, family inclusive - no barrier on age, size, ability. This set of photos truly tell an awesome day of a bunch of wonderful people, keeping fit and having fun!