“parkrun is such a simple concept: turn up every Saturday and run 5km. It doesn’t matter how fast you go. It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing. What matters is taking part.
There are now parkrun events each Saturday in countries all around the world. Each event is based in a unique location like a park, beach or promenade. All events are organised by a group of our wonderful dedicated volunteers.”
I have been involved with parkrun for a few years, originally as a runner at Brueton, in Solihull, then later as photographer.
Recently, due to re-starting running, I have re-kindled my interest in the Saturday morning run, so much so, that I turned up at Brueton Park a few weeks ago and managed to drag myself around in 28:26. Nowhere near as far as I used to be but I hadn’t really been pushing myself.
|Mime Artist ?|
A month later and another Saturday, I made my way to the slightly nearer Kingsbury Water Park for another bash at the 5k ‘event‘. Apparently, parkrun is not a race but a measured, timed event ! I had run the Kingsbury course before ( see here ) but this would be the first time, proper.
After a mile warm up and the pre-run safety talk, I lined up with 271 other runners and awaited the gun. At today’s event, the gun was a count down from 5; and we were off. I was treating this as a training run so took it fairly easily. After a couple of miles, rounding a corner, I shouted my thanks to the marshaller and a couple of runners, just ahead of me, turned around. “I’d recognise that voice, anywhere!” shouted Oliver from The Griffin (my favourite watering hole). I’m not quite sure how to take that.
I plodded on, finishing in 25:22 – a good three minutes faster than a month ago 🙂
I have returned to Kingsbury and managed a PB ( personal best ) every week, so far.
|Kingsbury Water parkrun results|
No parkrun this weekend, I’m off to the Severn Valley Railway for a weekend of playing trains – now where did I put that anorak ?