Folks, those of you who are working through the C25k plan may well have heard of parkrun. You may even be thinking about going along to your nearest one once you're feeling ready. (I recommend it).

Anyway, I read this today and thought I should post it here for everyone who has started out on this new "runny" chapter in life. Whether you ever do parkrun or not, this is certainly is a very encouraging article in terms of assuring us that this new running business is really very good for us indeed!

As it happens I'm not running but marshaling at Perth parkrun tomorrow and the forecast is for 7 degrees Celsius, so it may not be so healthy for me... I'm currently considering just how many layers of clothing I can actually potentially get on at once! And I'll be taking a flask of coffee. :)


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  • Thinking of doing my first one next weekend - lot of good runners go even though we're fairly local. I think my only worry is the more social nature of Parkrun,am a social pariah in a way :(

  • Don't worry Mark , you can be as social or as " un-social" as you like at parkrun, its entirely up to you , no one will bat an eyelid if you just turn up , do your run and then make your way home .

    Lots of people do that, myself included ! :-) xxx

  • Like poppypug says. You don't need to engage with anyone if you don't want to. I much prefer running on my own but there is a lady goes to mine who I sometimes run with so we can pace ourselves. No pressure to chat though so it works out fine.

  • Take your barcode. If you have signed up to receive your result by text it is a bit of a buzz a couple of hours later to find out your time.

  • Run with earphones in (even if there's no music playing) and you're in much less danger of having to chat!

  • Wrap up warm, AnneDroid , then put on some more layers ;) . I volunteered at my local Parkrun a few weeks ago which was fun, but I couldn't feel my fingers or toes by the end!

  • I'll go with that! I Have done 27 and my nephew 14 Parkruns ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • I've signed up but have decided to do my first after I've graduated. Something to aim for.

    I'm hoping it'll be early December.

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