Well, it's thanks to the all encouraging words that have been written about parkruns that I finally plucked up the courage to have a go - and I'm so glad I did! After the Satnav sent me to the wrong park earlier in the week when I was hoping to scope out the run and a large take away curry the night before, I wasn't feeling very confident. But the welcome was warm and friendly and the run not nearly as arduous I thought. Despite being lapped by the speedy veterans and pushchair joggers, I wasn't last and managed it in 35.17 which I was more than pleased with! I guess I ran off that curry too!
If you're like me and thought you'd never run beyond 90 secs, week 5 or for 30 mins - have faith & be brave enough to try a park run when the time comes. Having graduated and beginning to move on, I can see how beneficial a weekly 5k can be in your training. Running can be solitary at times, (which I don't mind) but to meet like minded people who 'get' why you run and are so positive and encouraging is something special in this age of anonymity and 'every man for himself'.