Living in Germany means no parkruns. Never even heard of them before I joined this lovely community. But you certainly make them sound tempting. Now we go on holiday next week, 2 weeks in sunny Ireland and out of interest I browsed the parkruns in the area. Hmm - very tempting, but might be disruptive for the rest of the group etc. (excuses, excuses!). Well today I got myself a running partner. We're going with friends and both of them expressed interest when my husband announced I would be going out running every other day (he's dead proud of me really, it's quite sweet the way he does all my boasting. Never to my face though!). So I told them about Parkrun as well and at least one of our friends is going to do it with me. Maybe both of them. And before that we'll be loping around the green fields of Ireland together. I've never run with anyone before, so a bit nervous about that. I have no idea at what level they are, but they both went pale when I told them I'm really slow at about 7.5 - 8 min/km, claiming that was fast. And then I felt rotten for scaring them off. Anyway we shall see - more new experiences as a result of this forum! Quite excited now!