Parkrun is a free, timed, 5k event that takes place every Saturday morning at over two thousand locations in twenty two countries.
The programme started in 2004 as UK Time Trials before being renamed parkrun in 2008.
I came across parkrun, doing my first run (yes, I used to run in those days) at Brueton Park, Solihull in November 2010. In the following years, I have run and later walked at a few different sites which is summarised in the table below.
A couple of notable events are …
- Dolgellau – A very low key event whilst on holiday in North Wales. Only six runners turned up and I finished in third place – my best finishing position ever !
- Pollock Park – Dropped in on the way to a holiday on the Isle of Arran. Ran the event with my other half.
After an initial surge, way back in 2010 / 2011, I stopped running but was still involved with parkrun, being the ‘official’ photographer for Brueton.
For my volunteering efforts, I received a snazzy purple tee shirt.
Other tee shirts that are presented by parkrun include a white one for children who have completed ten runs; a red one for fifty; black for one hundred; green for two fifty and a rare blue one for five hundred – that’s almost a parkrun every weekend for ten years !
At this point in time, I have completed forty six parkruns so need just four more to reach my first milestone.
What I have just discovered is that parkrun are going to charge £15 for the ‘free’ tee shirts from 1st September. At present you just pay the postage of around four quid. So I have five Saturdays in which to do four parkrun – that’s my incentive.
I’m planning on walking to and from Brueton Park this Saturday. The following weeks are still to be decided.