The perfect and free way to kick start your new year fitness regime.
This hasn't been submitted in a while and despite the 1000's of people that are aware of the events a greater proportion don't know about these fantastic free weekly events.
Recorded times are placed on the website of the relevant parkrun you've just done. You get a t-shirt after 50, 100, 250 runs. Juniors (u14) get a tshirt after 10 5k parkruns. Junior parkruns award you with a wrist band after 11, 21 and 50 (2k) runs.
parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. You need to print off your barcode from your profile page via the parkrun site. This gets scanned at the end of each event and gives you your time and position.
There are loads of parkruns throughout the country, it's not just open to club runners, everyone is welcome, you'll see young and old running, slow and fast, people with dogs and prams. No one is too slow and no one is too fast.
Junior parkruns are starting to sprout up all over the country now too, these are 2k timed and well supervised runs for children aged 4-14.