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1st Parkrun done 😊

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Just taken part in my first Parkrun...FINALLY!!!

I really enjoyed it 😊 it started much slower than i would have liked as there were so many people & despite the rain it was a good atmosphere & definately something i would like to do on a regular basis 😊

It was quite good for my self confidence in a few ways & my worries about finishing last were quickly laid to rest.

Happy Easter & have a lovely weekend 😊

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Love a ParkRun πŸ‘πŸ½

Hidden in reply to Tasha99

I enjoyed it 😊

Brilliant, well done Claire, nice photo too!

misswobbleGraduate10 in reply to Millsie-J

Well done πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈβ˜ΊοΈ It’s a blast.,

Do be sure to volunteer! Tail runner is a good one as that’s where the stories are. I say of it, β€œthe back of the pack is where it’s at” πŸ™‚. If you volunteer you get more of what it’s all about.

Millsie-J in reply to misswobble

You do in deed Miss W. I have done most of the roles now, each are enjoyable!

I have today volunteered for our local Race For Life 10k tooπŸ˜€πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸŒΈ

Hidden in reply to misswobble

I would like to...got to give something back 😊

misswobbleGraduate10 in reply to Hidden

Good for you πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘

TedGGraduate10 in reply to misswobble

I’ve been doing some Marshalling whilst I’ve been on the IC, I love the atmosphere πŸ˜ŠπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒ

Hidden in reply to Millsie-J

Really enjoyed it 😊


Very well done, that’s great! πŸ˜„

Hidden in reply to Elfe5

Loved it 😊


It’s not even really about running either is it? At the back, where the stories are, you get to hear why folks pitch up each week. To overcome illness, for rehabbing injuries, to go a walk with others, to lose weight, to get mobile

It’s just brilliant when you see everyone move forward en masse - from the elites to the blind peeps, to those on crutches, sticks, the parent with the pushchair, the dog runners, the youngsters, the old uns, the fit, the unfit, they’re all there. I just love to observe the start. It’s better than medicine. Some of the volunteers do so every week and are not runners themselves, so big up to them πŸ™‚


Ooh Well done Claire..thats brilliant, glad to hear you enjoyed it, and not last eitherπŸ˜†πŸ˜Šxx

Hidden in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thankyou 😊 247 runners & i got 44th womens so pretty pleased with that 😊

BluebirdrunnerGraduate10 in reply to Hidden

Go you! FabπŸ˜„xx

That’s fab! Well done lady πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ¦„

Hidden in reply to Catbee

Thankyou Catbee 😊


Whoohoo! That's great Claire. I'm glad it was a good experience and a much needed boost. It'll be nice to have something to look forward to each week and a great way to meet some like minded people 😜😁

Hidden in reply to SaskAlliecat

I enjoyed it & will do more next time now i know how its all done.247 runners & i got 44th women so pretty pleased with that 😊

SaskAlliecatGraduate10 in reply to Hidden

Whoohoo! You should be. That's great.


Well done, and I love the pic 😎

Hidden in reply to ju-ju-

Thanks very much 😊


Well done Claire, That’s a great photo too. Here’s to many more πŸ‘

Hidden in reply to Cornet-Carolyn

Thankyou 😊


Well done Claire! Let’s face it, your pace is too quick for you ever to have been last! Love the pic too. I have parkrun envy. The nearest one from me is many miles. What did you do about the headphones in the end? X πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ…πŸ†πŸŒˆπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„

Hidden in reply to FlickM3

Thankyou Flick 😊 i just put my earphones in because there were many others that did too...& i could tell i wouldnt be "chatting" on the way round if you know what i mean 😊 maybe once i get used to it & get to know a few familiar faces i will be able to give them a miss 😊


Good for you, that's brilliant!

Hidden in reply to Irishprincess

Thankyou 😊


Well done ! I have been thinking of joining my local park run for months but something or some excuse has been stopping me :-(

Usually after a busy week at work I just love an easy lazy Saturday morning. I got the barcodes printed and I even laminated them ! So I am going to try and do it next Saturday . Thank you :-)

Hidden in reply to bsimonuk

I meant to do it several weeks ago...then illness & snow happened...& i was kind of nervous for some weird reason!!!but it was really good...i highly recommend it 😊 there were so many people there & a nice atmosohere.go for it & let us know how you get on 😊

Garybe123 in reply to bsimonuk

It took me over 12 months to pluck up the courage to go. I wish i had started when i first thought of it....parkrun is fab. Go for it, even if you decide to speedwalk i am sure that you will enjoy it.


Well done! It is such a lovely atmosphere and such a great thing to join in with.

Hidden in reply to EmmaRunning

Thankyou 😊 loved it & looking forward to the next 😊

The first of many, Hidden , I’m sure! Very well done πŸ‘ Nothing like seeing your name there with all the others and knowing that you’ve got a benchmark to work to. I’ve done six Parkruns now and it has been a completely positive experience, with a bit of volunteering thrown into the mix! But don’t forget your barcode - I left mine behind one week and was so disappointed not to get a timing. But I’ve got the excuse of extreme old age, πŸ€ͺ😁. Enjoy and happy running πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ πŸ‘ŸπŸŽ½πŸ…!!!

Hidden in reply to Oldgal68

Absolutely 😊 i am looking forward to.the next one for sure.hoping to do better but that will mean starting in a slightly different place.its all a great experience & would be nice to volenteer too 😊

Oldgal68 in reply to Hidden

Start those PBs rolling in, Hidden !! I usually hang back and join the tailenders as I am a slow runner, especially as the fast guys and gals take off at a rate of knots. You can always join In their slipstream! Lol!! I find too that If I can slot in behind someone who is a good pacesetter I beat my PB, so have managed to do that each time so far.

Hidden in reply to Oldgal68

Thats a good idea 😊

Theziggy in reply to Oldgal68

Parkrun sell little plastic barcodes that fit on your keyring and they also sell little rubber armbands with the barcode printed on it. They are not too expensive either.

I also remember seeing an article about somebody who got their barcode tattooed 8-)

Hidden in reply to Theziggy

Haha πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ thats a bit hardcore πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

Oldgal68 in reply to Theziggy

That sounds like a good idea Theziggy ! The key ring barcodes and the armbands I mean, not the tattooing, lol. Takes the no pain, no gain to another level, doesn’t it 😝😬!

NiceBloke in reply to Oldgal68

I saw somebody recommend that you leave a laminated barcode under the insole of one of your running shoes!

Hidden in reply to NiceBloke


Oldgal68 in reply to NiceBloke

Mmmm @NiceBloke don’t know that the volunteers would be too enthusiastic about scanning those barcodes, especially with my smelly feet, 😷🀧🀣 so I have invested in a lightweight running jacket with zip up pockets where I leave my barcode and stash my car keys and some cash for a well-earned coffee afterwards! The Parkrun is a reward at the end of the week, so I would recommend it to anyone considering giving it a go!


Well done! I remember feeling very nervous before my first one but I needn’t have!! Such a great atmosphere!

Just wish I didn’t work on Saturdays!! πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Hidden in reply to Sarakc

Thats a real shame!!!


Brilliant, well done! Most of all i am glad you were feeling up to it - hopefully you have well and truly shaken off that lingering lurgy by now. Great photo too. x

Hidden in reply to HeleneCorsa

Thankyou 😊 still not feeling well but much better than i was so hoping to be feeling back to normal soon...whatever normal actually is πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ hope things with you are ok xx


Great run and time!

Hidden in reply to MikeJones68

Looking forward to having another go without the slow start 😊

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