Parkrun: tick!

.... With quite a bit of walking at the end. But it's heartening to feel that yes, I think I can do it. Another 2 weeks and I will do it for real: cripes! What's it like running with squillions of other people, does it help, or hinder? I have a feeling I may be a bit of a solitary runner, but we shall see. Bloody hell. Never thought in a million years I'd be doing this :-D

Working next Saturday and then the one after that will be my graduation run. I'm going to make it Parkrun, have just registered and printed off the bar-codes and stuck them on the fridge ready. Happy days.


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  • Hey AG, good for you!, you go for it, don't worry about the others, I quite fancy being the tail runner myself, rocking along at my steady pace, probably too slow for some, but I don't care, my first aim at PR was just to complete it without walking. Everyone has their own goals at park run And yours are as equally important as everyone else's, have fun and big up the volunteers on your way round, you'll have a ball.


  • I did it as my graduation run yesterday and loved it. I just started right at the back and did my own thing not worrying about anyone else. I came 259th out of 272 (including the tail runner). My time was upto 6 mins faster than what I'd been expecting so I couldn't be happier - also got my fastest 1k ever and fastest (& only) 5k.

    It's a brilliant way to graduate - you're going to be so proud of yourself.

  • Hi. I LOVE Parkrun. Like you, I'm in the midst of couch25k, but I have been to my local Parkrun a few times with my husband, who is already a 'proper' runner. I walk and jog round, coming last out of 200 every week, but there is such a good atmosphere and everyone is really friendly. I didn't think I would like a communal event like this, but it's not a competitive race. I'm looking forward to graduating and running all the way round soon. Like the others say, be nice to the volunteers and maybe, after a few times, think about volunteering yourself. I have volunteered a few times and it's a great way to get to know people better. Good luck.

  • Good idea to make that graduation run a really special one. Enjoy!

  • Parkrun is fantastic, it is funny getting used to running with other people, but it's enjoyable, do let us know how you get on :)

  • Fab and your graduation run will be amazing :)

  • Let me get this right... You've stuck your parkrun barcode on the fridge? So that means you are planning to carry the fridge round with you on your C25K parkrun graduation? That's a pretty impressive target ;) Some people don't do things by halves, do they... ;)

    Seriously, have fun on your parkrun. Just go for it and enjoy the atmosphere. I just completed my 2nd yesterday and I find that I feel so much better and run a lot faster with other people around. My parkrun PB is now over 4 minutes faster than my solo PB for a 5K. It doesn't matter how much time you take, though. There will be people there to cheer you on, regardless. I can guarantee that there is absolutely no way that you will be a solitary runner.

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