I was running so slowly that I was with the tail runner within the first 2 minutes. She was lovely, and spent most of the time a few strides behind me so that I could get into my rhythm without worrying about talking to her.
This week I was supposed to be running 25 minutes, but I struggled at the beginning, because the Southampton parkrun starts with a continuous incline for about 1.5km which was a shock to the system after my fairly flat runs during the week.
However, I kept going through that and made it to the top of the hill and through the 25 minute barrier. I finally had a little walk after 37 minutes when I knew I wouldn't be able to get all the way to the end, and I wanted to build up some reserves for the finish.
The last stretch of running was nice because it felt a little easier than before and because all the runners who had already finished were stopping to applaud me and give me encouragement along the way. I even managed to do a little sprint for the last few metres!
After I finished, the tail runner who had run with me a couple of weeks ago came and gave me a High Five! It's lovely to start recognising people and having people to talk to at the end.
This was my slowest parkrun at 52 minutes, because my running is considerably slower than my walking, but I got an immense sense of achievement out of it. Everyone was so supportive - I can't praise them enough!
Thanks to everyone on here too for helping me get this far!