First club race, first XC race, first team #wellingtonscottish race, first Vosseler yesterday.
In full flight thanks to 📷 @amanda_salad !
Holy smokes. This was so much fun. It exceeded expectations. The teaminess delighted me. There were groupings of colour on the start line unlike any that I've seen before. Yellow here, blue here, white here, a smattering of green and black and rainbows. People cheer within teams, in kinship with other teams, and for everyone being out there.
Two footnotes. 1. I started the morning petrified. This straight faced serious running business. No no no. It's a balance of fun. We played on hilltops. We pushed our individual limits and cheered (and were cheered) for everyone's achievement of involvement. Yes, it was goddamn hard work in testing limits but you can have fun also.
2. The women's championship race was 5 kilometres. The men's championship race was 10 kilometres. I respect the past history while also embracing the need for change. This is not the example we want to be setting for these brave, strong, resilient, achieving young people be they female or male. Be that change. Yesterday, we ran in both events with #261 inked on our legs. Make some noise every damn day on purpose and with purpose.
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