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Well, Paul Sinton-Hewitt (PSH) gets my vote for an OBE or maybe even a knighthood. Certainly a candidate for the ‘unsung hero’ award in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award 2014 when that award opens for nominations later in the year.
In 2004, 13 people ambled around Bushy Park.
Soon, more than 400,000 people will have taken part in the parkrun phenomena (760,000 registered globally by Jan 2014). He and it, parkrun, must surely have provided the best health return per pound of investment on the basis that much, if not all, of the start up cost is presumably covered by sponsors with involvement of local governments (and other landowners) to gain free access to parks.
In 2009, Runner’s World presented him with the ‘Heroes of Running’ award for philanthropy and for his work with parkrun. Then, in 2013, PSH was presented with the London Borough of “Richmond Community Award” by Conservative politician Cllr Nicholas Edward True, Baron True.
An edit a few days later: I am really humbled…this is my best ever viewed page in a day. Maybe it shows that we get more back when we try to do something for others? Kind of like parkrun really? Anyway VOTE below and please re-tweet or do something similar (you know how it works)!