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My first Parkrun but definitely not my last ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ„

My first Parkrun but definitely not my last ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ„

Today I ventured into the brave new world of Parkrun and I have to say what a wonderful bunch of people they are!!

I have been trying, unsuccessfully, to fit one in but with copious amounts of Open Days, which all fall on Saturdays, it hadnโ€™t happened as of yet.

So this week I purposely set out my runs to coincide with the Parkrun today and it paid off!!

I woke up at 8am, dressed in the gear, had a cup of tea, seriously canโ€™t function without tea in the morning, ate a weetabix, set my music up, poised MapMyRun to go and walked to the park.

I am extremely lucky to have a Parkrun on my doorstep, I mean itโ€™s an 8 minute walk to the park, which I used as the warm up walk.

I arrived at 8:50am, a little apprehensive about being a newbie but I didnโ€™t need to worry at all. The volunteers pointed me in the right direction, towards a guy named Mike, who did the welcome talk for us newbies and tourists. There were people from Hull, Guernsey and then there was little old me.

Welcome talk done and off I went. I went running at my first Parkrun, my first official event, my first timed event, my first โ€˜other runners are running along side meโ€™ event!!

1st lap round the park and I felt good. I was overtaken by a man who mustโ€™ve had a rocket ๐Ÿš€ up his bum as he seemed to be flying but I didnโ€™t let it bother me, I just carried on running at my own comfortable pace, moving over to let other runners pass me and enjoying running as part of a group.

2nd lap came and went without major incident, although I thought I was going to loose a shoe at one point, apparently heavy rain creates shoe sucking mud puddles and I thought this is it, Iโ€™m losing my shoe and will have to finish the run in only 1 shoe but thankfully it stayed on my foot!!

Home straight in sight and I felt ecstatic, I kicked a little harder, crossed the finish line, collected my place fob and went to register my time with the volunteers. Then after catching my breath, had a good chat with some other runners and headed off home ๐Ÿ 

A warm bath followed by more tea made me feel good but then came the congratulations email from Parkrun with my timings and I was ecstatic!!

My first Parkrun resulted in a time of 36min 18secs. I was 271st out of 334 runners and was the 117th female across the line!! I even gave myself a little victory dance round the kitchen!!

To each and every one of you on this forum, thank you, thank you and thank you again as without your support, I would not have been able to get this far in my running journey ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Have a wonderful weekend and happy running folks ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผ

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Well done you, I'm going to graduate (hopefully) a week Wednesday, then I'm seriously thinking about a parkrun. You've made me feel like I probably can do it.

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Do it! You won't regret it, you might even surprise yourself.

Don't worry about your time, you definitely won't be last even if you need to walk some of the way.

Happy running and good luck!

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If I can do it then anyway be can!! Such a lovely friendly atmosphere and it was great to be a part of it ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Congratulations Kim .. I have been putting off ParkRun but will definitely be doing one .. just a matter of when! Love the rocket comment! Sounds like you had fun doing it which I guess is half the battle won. I drove past a local ParkRun today at 9:45 as people were leaving knowing that if I had joined them I would have probably only just been finishing but at the same time feeling good for them.

Well done for the time and keeping your shoes on - and for not shooting off like a rocket yourself which can be the temptation when you see everyone else I guess.

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Come on Richard, join the park run fun.

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Oh Richard, if I can find the inner strength and courage then I know you can!! Theyโ€™re a great bunch of friendly encouraging people and youโ€™ll feel right at home as I did ๐Ÿ˜Š Go on, go for it, I dare you .....๐Ÿ˜

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Slow and steady :)

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Very well done! Glad you enjoyed it.

Parkrun is great isn't it! Good luck next week!

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I loved it ๐Ÿ˜Š Friendly and encouraging group of people. I shall define be going back ๐Ÿ˜Š

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What a great result Kim..and you had fun too...Your first Parkrun and you Aced it..๐Ÿ˜Šxxx

Well done You๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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I never knew Iโ€™d find fun running at 9am on a Saturday morning in a park filled with muddy puddles!! Loved it ๐Ÿ’•

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Brilliant. Iโ€™m glad you enjoyed the experience. Maybe one day Iโ€™ll have the courage to do this ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

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If I can find the courage then you most definitely can. They are such a friendly bunch of people and made me feel very welcome ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Absolutely fantastic report Kim, love it! I knew you'd love it, the volunteers are unbelievable and the other runners are, well, family!! My first experience was very similar in that I was unsure about what to do but was soon put at ease and able to enjoy it. I completed my 10th Parkrun this morning and my 4th sub 30 minute effort! That little email is a great little confidence booster too isn't it?!

Great effort and I guess that's the first of many!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‰

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The email was the icing on the cake!! I never thought that Iโ€™d enjoy running as much as I do and coupled with the fact that Parkrunners are a lovely, kind and friendly bunch of people, I felt right at home!! I shall definitely be joining in more of them!!

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Well done. I wimped out today as it was raining. Regretting it now. Not been out since Run last Sunday as have had a knee niggle since then but will try tomorrow

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I wanted to wimp out and the inner gremlins nearly won but I have myself a right good talking to and got out there. I was very glad I did ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Well done. It is a good feeling isnโ€™t it, running with others and seeing where you end up. My park run was only 98 people big last week. Very brave of you running with all those others this morning! Youโ€™ll enjoy the buzz for the rest of the day. ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Only 98! I wouldโ€™ve preferred that as opposed to 334!! It was a little daunting at first but once I was running, I went into my own little world and forgot all about the 333 other runners!!

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Well done and glad that you enjoyed the experience :)

I too, completed my first Parkrun today....I was overtaken a young woman pushing a buggy, lol.

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Well done on yours ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ I too was overtaken by a woman pushing a buggy and she had a dog too!! Crazy ๐Ÿ˜œ itโ€™s hard enough running without having to push anything!!

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Well done and a great post, can't wait to do my first one

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Thank you and youโ€™ll love it!! Such a friendly encouraging bunch of people ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Well done you!! Lovely post and I am so happy for you that you completed your first Parkrun! I did the very same thing today, felt a bit strange amongst other โ€˜runnersโ€™ and I missed my new runners briefing as I didnโ€™t know where it was! Itโ€™s quite a challenge running in thick mud and puddles isnโ€™t it?

Well done again, a lovely read

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Thick muddy puddles were an obstacle I couldโ€™ve done without today but I think weโ€™ll just have to get used to them now that autumn is here!! I did enjoy it though ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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Well done Kim, I knew you would love a park run, that's a great time, I did my 5th one today. XxX

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Oh Martin, how right you were about Parkrun!! What a fantastically supportive group of people!! I had the time of my life this morning!! Rain, puddles, fallen leaves, ASBO swans, all in all an enjoyable way to spend the first part of my Saturday morning ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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WELL DONE Kim!!!! :)

( And "shoe sucking mud puddles" - a wonderful turn of phrase! :) )

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Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š It really was the only way to describe those puddles!! I still enjoyed it though ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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And you will enjoy mmany more I bet :)

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Well done, you are so lucky having a parkrun on your doorstep (almost). We have about a 10 minute drive to our nearest one and I thought that was good

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Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š I do consider myself very lucky that itโ€™s right on my doorstep!!

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Yay well done Kim. Congratulations. They are fabulous events ParkRuns. I still cannot believe they are free and completely organised by volunteers. Such a great idea.

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Well done Kim! Sounds like a great time and maybe some new friends as it sounds like you will be back again ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thank you. I will definitely be going back but not for a month as Iโ€™ve got even more Open Days!!

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Blinking brilliant!! Very, very well done to you!! :)

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Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Sounds like an absolutely wonderful experience! Well done!

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Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Wooohoooo! Good innit! It's a blast! I love the way everyone moves forward as a body. All sorts of shapes and sizes, speeds and abilities. Everyone together. It's a great thing to do. You should volunteer. It's really a good thing to do

You can get a cuppa and something to eat at ours, which is lovely. I met up with a couple of C25kers at ours a few weeks ago and we went for a post run hot choc

I'm so pleased you enjoyed it. Now you've done one you will get hooked and try and find one whenever your're on the move.

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Bloody brilliant morning run with all sorts of different people who made it enjoyable ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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This sounds good... I've been putting off going for, oh, years, because it's scary to go to a thing like that alone (for me anyway!), but I think it might be good for me. I usually (always!) run alone and company for a change might be nice. Plus the new route of a park! However, the park nearest me is a bit hilly... Mind you, I don't mind a hill, and want to try trails soon, so perhaps that is what I need!

So yes, your post is making me think perhaps it's time to be a bit braver... I just hope people would chat to me a bit and make me feel better about being slow :D

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I was put off as I was by myself but I grabbed the proverbial bull by the horns, took a deep breath, prayed to the running gods to not let me make a complete prat of myself and off I went. I think the praying worked as it all turned out wonderfully well!!

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loving reading about everyone's parkruns - so clear how wonderful a morning you had! Lovely writing, lovely run. Fantastic stuff!

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Thank you. I used to read peopleโ€™s posts about Parkruns and feel jealous but now Iโ€™m living the Parkrun life!!

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That's absolutely fantastic and a great first park run time. Well done you, very impressive ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

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Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š I loved every minute of it!!

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Well done Kim! It sounds as if you had a great time this morning.

It was my first park run today as well after trying to pluck up courage for weeks! It was raining and I almost chickened out, but I am so glad that I went. I was pleased with my time and that I got round with no problems. I also learnt the joy of going straight through the numerous large puddles!

Hope that lots of people had a great time at Parkrun this morning

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Oh, running through puddles was easier than trying to dodge them today!! I enjoyed every mud splashed moment!! Well done for getting your first one done!!

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