Just back from my first park run and have to say I loved it! A lovely cool, crisp and fresh but sunny morning; running around lakes and through woodlands with hundreds of the friendliest, most supportive people you would ever wish to meet.
I ran on my own for the first couple of km, just finding my pace, listening to music and enjoying the scenery. Towards the end of the run I had the pleasure of running with a couple of ladies who are park run regulars and also have run 1/2 and full marathons. They were so lovely and helped me along the way.
I finished 278th not sure yet how many runners there were but there was loads and best of all - I have only run a full 5k once before at 43 minutes but today I did around 36 minutes - official time yet to be confirmed.
All I can say is if you are considering a park run, but unsure whether to do it - go and enjoy the experience.
I will definitely be back - fairly regularly I expect!!