Today was parkrun’s 14th Birthday which seemed like the perfect excuse for me to finally get out and try it myself for the first time.
I really wasn’t feeling it this morning when the alarm went off. I was seriously considering going back to sleep but somehow the little voice inside defeated the snooze gremlins.
Running gear on and I open the front door to be met by a blast of arctic air, no rain yet but my new running jacket was going to be put to good use today.
Rushing through town having left a little later than planned we arrived at the park with 20 minutes to spare. We set off across the park towards the cafe that I thought was the meeting point, funny that there didn't seem to be anyone there? I turned to Mrs spannerz with a puzzled look and when I mention the name of the cafe I’m looking for she informs me that its located on the other side of the park!
I leg it off through an avenue of trees in search of cafe number two (seriously how big is this park that it needs two cafes?). I reach the start just in time for the first timers briefing which is followed by the race director then it’s 3,2,1 and we’re off 🏃♂️
Surrounded by 300 other runners charging off at the start is quite a different experience for somebody who’s only ever run by themselves. The pack soon spreads out though as everybody begins to find their own pace. I find the volunteers and spectators offering encouragement and clapping really motivating and soon complete the first 3/4 of a lap, only two more to go.
I settle in behind a couple of ladies who look like they’re on a similar pace to me except on the front straight they accelerate and disappear off into the distance!
Another lap gone and I'm getting used to being passed by kids, parents pushing buggies and being lapped by the front runners, it doesn’t matter I’m enjoying my run.
Onto the back straight now and it’s a downhill section which allows me to catch up with two ladies who were pacing me earlier on. I follow them as they make the final turn round the cones and press on up the final straight. A short sprint through the last downhill section and I’m through the finish line 🏁 collecting my token.
I get my barcode scanned and grab a drink of water, pleased that I’ve finally completed a park run. When I get my result it’s a new PB 36:32 and I came in at number 286 of 325 definitely glad I didn’t stay in bed today!