I'm almost there with the ParkRun decision now. I did a test run (1 lap of 3) of the circuit this morning and completed it in abut 10 mins. Worryingly my Garmin thought it was only 1.5km so I don't know if they've mismeasured it. I did walk and partly jog 3 km first to take younger daughter to school so I wasn't 100% fresh when I started. I hope I can get round two more times although running on soft grass (with holes in it) after so long on tarmac is a bit of a change.
I also ran it without music (never done that before) as I thought I was getting very dependent on following bpm for pacing. I've decided to try and maintain 7min per km on the Garmin instead. On the not so promising side the ParkRun website describes it as a "fast" course. We'll see about that. Don't think I'll be challenging for the lead and certainly hope not too many Mo Farah types show up! I have e-mailed the organisers (which were at an athletics club e-mail address) to check that slow people are allowed (I know they are but I thought it would be polite to warn them). I said I'd be very pleased with 35 minutes - I expect they'll all have finished their coffee by the time I get there
So as soon as I get a nice friendly reply back I'll register and get my barcode. Can any of you experts tell me how the barcode and timing works so I don't look like a tech numpty as well as a running numpty?