Fitness: My first Parkrun experience

Parkrun‘ has become a massive event recently in the U.K and is growing week on week. My hometown of Lowestoft has an event which runs every Saturday morning. I attended for the first time this week. I ran it in a time of 29.09.

What is it?
Parkrun is a planned and timed 5km route which you can walk/jog/run at your own pace. It is run completely by volunteers who start the run, line the route and record your time. 

Why should I bother?

Running with a group of people is always encouraging and it will help you to pace and push yourself during the run. A planned route is helpful and you are timed by the volunteers so you won’t have to time yourself – unless you want to. The route in Lowestoft is along the seafront and it is a beautiful place to run. This week there were 240 runners in my local run.

Am I good enough?

The Parkrun is suitable for all ages and abilities. I saw some people walking, some running and some doing a mixture of both. There were children and teenagers and even people pushing babies in prams. The first placed runner ran it in a time of 16.30 and the 240th runner completed it in a time of 45.32 so it really doesn’t matter how fast you can run, it only matters that you gave it your best shot. Everyone is super supportive and people watching the run clap you as you run past which is lovely!

The good…

  • Planned and marked 5km route
  • Timed by the volunteers 
  • Suitable for all ages/abilities 
  • Meeting new people 
  • Support from the other runners/volunteers/spectators 

The bad…

  • 9am start (morning running isn’t my usual choice)

Visit to find your local Parkrun and sign up! 


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