Parkrun novice, Parkrun convert : What a blast... - Couch to 5K

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Parkrun novice, Parkrun convert

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What a blast! My first Parkrun today at Lowestoft, the most easterly point of the UK, was an awesome experience. Well organised and with a huge mix of types of runner, I didn't feel out of place. Despite the advice I was given it was difficult not to get carried away with the occasion and I did start too quickly and I did suffer for it towards the end. I've never run with other people before so to find myself amongst, as I later found out, 268 other runners was mind blowing! The course is two laps of 2.5K, I remarked to another chap at the half way point about 'bloody fast' fit youngsters when I saw a chap finish whilst I still had a lap to go!

Anyhoo, my time of 33:25 earned me a position of 204 out of 269 and 25th in my age class of VM45-49, honestly veteran? With my youthful good looks?! πŸ˜‰

Fellow C25Kers, have a go, its free, its non competitive (to most) and its very rewarding. I'll be making a regular pilgrimage to this and the other local courses, I never thought I'd manage this only a few weeks ago.

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davelinks profile image

Well done! Bushy Parkrun today had over 1300 peeps!

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lardofaleGraduate in reply to davelinks

Wow, that's an invasion not a run!! πŸ˜€

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davelinksGraduate in reply to lardofale

Terrific atmosphere! Its a big space and It thins out well fairly soon after the off..

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IndigogirlGraduate in reply to davelinks

Think I might try that route for my next run - minus the other 1,299 runners!

Sandraj39 profile image

Great post and a very respectable time too! Well done☺

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lardofaleGraduate in reply to Sandraj39

Thank you! It was great fun and a decent time to aim at!

mizz_happy profile image

Well done πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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lardofaleGraduate in reply to mizz_happy

Thank you! πŸ‘

clairey3 profile image

Wow what an amazing time! You must be chuffed to bits? Well done πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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lardofaleGraduate in reply to clairey3

Thank you! I was surprised considering I was blasted after 3K but well chuffed as you suspected! 😁

Oldfloss profile image

Very, very well done... you youngster you! x

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lardofaleGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Thank you mam! Very happy with the experience, looking forward to getting my 'young' legs going again soon! πŸ˜‰

RunForestR profile image

I'm not far away from that run - do you know how often it runs - I'm a few weeks out from graduating - but fancy doing a Park run - but was struggling to find one as I can't seem to get the website to work

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lardofaleGraduate in reply to RunForestR

Hi mate, it runs every Saturday at 9am from the pier nearest to the Bascule bridge. Look out for the hordes of colourful lycra clad individuals! Good luck with your running πŸ‘

Mummycav profile image

Yey...well done you park runner you!!!! My hat is off to you!!!

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lardofaleGraduate in reply to Mummycav

Thank you young lady! Here's to doffing my hat to you too soon 😁

Well done on doing it, I think that was a good time and position. Waiting to hear of your Park run 2

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lardofaleGraduate in reply to

Thank you! I was surprised by both, the lack of experience may have led to both. Let's see what happens next time ☺

IannodaTruffe profile image

One of the best discoveries a runner can make.

Glad you enjoyed it.

Keep running, keep smiling.

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lardofaleGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thank you. It was a fantastic experience with brilliant organisation and volunteers. The results page has my running club as couch to 5K too πŸ‘

Charlottefc87 profile image

That's amazing well done you! You have inspired me, I've been toying with the idea for a while and may just give it a go next weekend! Thank you :)

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lardofaleGraduate in reply to Charlottefc87

Thank you Charlotte! I couldn't run 50 yards until June and now I'm a graduate and Parkrun runner! If I can inspire good folks like you then I'm a very happy chap! Good luck to you, enjoy! πŸ˜πŸ‘

CookieM profile image

Well done! As someone originally from that area, I was interested to hear about this one! I am very rarely up there at a weekend, but if I am, I will certainly give this one a go!

Well done on your time too :D

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lardofaleGraduate in reply to CookieM

Thank you! It certainly helped that the sun was shining and the sea breeze was on hand to help cool us a bit!

Nobbywatts profile image

WELL DONE. Really good time too.

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lardofaleGraduate in reply to Nobbywatts

Thank you! It was much faster than I expected and was probably down to getting caught up with some faster runners, excitement etc. I was certainly paying for it towards the end but that's something to work on next time. β˜ΊπŸ‘

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