I did my first Park Run today (at Coventry). It was a very friendly, welcoming event.
The course was mostly flat and all on Tarmac. The majority of runners were not listening to music so I didn't.
There were all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities. Some people were pushing buggies.
At the start most people were standing for 5 minutes or more - I decided to do my warm up of a brisk walk near by and only joined the runners once the run started.
As you'd expect, the start was quite crowded but everyone was polite and patient. It took me a while to get into a steady pace with so many people around me. After a few minutes, it became less crowded so I could run at my pace. I was surprised at the number of people walking after 5 minutes - it really is for everyone!
I found it much easier to run without music (and Laura) than on my first silent run a couple of days ago. It felt different running with people and having support on the way around.
I did my fastest 5K ever (under 30 minutes) although the official time will be more as it took me a while to cross the start line. I was really pleased - a much better time than I expected.
For anyone who can run 5K I would recommend a Park Run - don't be shy! I thoroughly enjoyed it.