ParkRun - definitely not a walk in the park

I went for my first ever ParkRun today. The one nearest to me is in Falkirk's Callander Park.

It has a gradual and long hill for a bit part and then a steeper small hill towards the end.

I found it definitely challenging. But this is exactly the kind of run I think I need to be doing.

I am absolutely in awe at how well organised these events are! And they are FREE!

Hats off to all the volunteers!

And my respect to everyone who has been doing ParkRuns regularly!

I managed mine in 49 minutes....thanks to the hills. Things can only get better :-)


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  • Good for you, my local run is also challenging but always good for me, great people, interesting course and free (amazing)!

  • Challenging is definitely is free :-)

  • Well done on your first parkrun !! They are addictive !!

  • I only wish I had found out about C25K and ParkRun a few years ago. Anyway...better late than ever.

  • Well done. Parkrun is fab so it's great to hear you've caught the bug :)

    Regularly running hills will really help your overall fitness and running progress. I live in an area where I have to run lots of long steady inclines and you do grow to love 'm!!!

  • Thanks GOKG for the encouragement :-)

  • Oof really??? Can't imagine that!!

  • Liking hills that is, not ash thanking GOKG for encouragement !

  • I know. Sadly, I have to learn to like the hills as I am doing Tough Mudder again next year. And the course is fairly hilly :-)

  • Well done Ash ! You are tackling those hills head on !

    Brilliant , keep at it ! :-) xxx

  • Thanks Poppy :-) xxx

  • Parkruns are good aren't they?

  • They certainly are :-)

  • Glad you enjoyed it Ash - most people seem to find them pretty addictive!

  • It is free, timed and well organised. So I can see why it can get addictive :-)

  • Congratulations on your first parkrun, Ash - and Callander Park is a lovely park to run in (or used to be - I've not been there for 10 years !) :-)

  • It is quite a challenging but good course :-)

  • well done! They are brilliantly organised and very friendly :-)

  • They are definitely friendly Vixiej :-)

  • My hat to the volunteers. They do a fabulous job.

  • They certainly do a fantastic job!

  • Well done on your first parkrun! A challenge is good. Oooh I love a parkrun! X ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Thanks No-Excuse.

    Yes, a challenge is definitely good :-)

  • bet it won't be your last..

    I quite enjoy it - either running or helping - just wish it started a bit later! - and was warmer !!

  • I know what you mean. It is getting so cold now that it takes your breath away :-)

  • well done, that is great... useful to know as i hope to do the same in jan :-)

    are you going to treat yourself now??


  • I need to get much much better but yes, will be going back. Are you planning to do the Falkirk ParkRun Jedi_d?

    No treat I am afraid :-)

  • no i dont live near falkirk, i;m still on week 8 anyways.... still got a long way to go.... :-)

  • There isn't much of a difference between week 8 and week 9. You will be there sooner than you think :-)

  • Oh well done! Hopefully I shall be doing a park run in the new year. It's pretty regular and flat for us, but my first ambition will be to actually do one!!

    Good luck with the improvements! Past experience (C25k) tells you it can be done!

  • Parkruns are good and addictive place to meet other runners. Good luck!

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