I went to my first Park Run today after starting C25K about 3 years ago and despite running 3 times a week I have been apprehensive about going to a park run. I had plenty of excuses, its in the next town, no direct bus route, too far to walk or cycle, parking a problem. All rubbish so today I bit the bullet and if there is anyone else reading this who is apprehensive don't be. Like others have said before they are great events run by friendly welcoming bunch of fellow runners. My nearest local Park Run is Woodley in Berkshire. Some friends of my sons were there so that helped meeting them, but the volunteers were great, lots of first timers like me given a talk about the course and procedure. The course is three laps around the park, couple of slight up hills nothing drastic so generally fairly flat course. Today I was in luck as once a month they have pacers so as my average is about 32 minutes for 5 Km I deicide to run with the 31 minute pacer but after a couple of K's I left him to catch the next pacer the 29 minute guy. I learnt something, my usual lone runs I run at about 5:45 m/Km pace for the first couple of K then I slow down. Today it was the other way around running at about 6:10 m/Km for the first couple of K's then speeding up to 5:50 m/km and it was much better energy wise. I finished 137 out of 211 runners in 29m 35s which is close to my PB. I was 3rd for my age group VM60-65. So very happy and now hooked on Park Runs. They even had a volunteer with people who wanted to run 1 minute and walk 2 minutes, so a great event for all types and stages of runners. I will try to go every week now and I promise to volunteer to marshal at a future event as we should all put back into these great schemes. So if anyone is apprehensive about going to a Park Run, I know its been said before don't be. Happy running everyone.