Free Organised Runs (parkrun, Greatrun Local, National Trust, Sweatshop)
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Free Organised Runs (parkrun, Greatrun Local, National Trust, Sweatshop)

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Found 9th JulEdited by:"Paddy_o_furniture"
Pretty sure the majority of us know about parkrun now. Just in case you didn't - "parkrun organise free, weekly, 5k timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and we encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; we welcome you all." They events are on a Saturday morning and require you to register in order to receive a barcode, which provides you with a time on completion.

They also do junior parkrun at some locations which is a 2k event for children 4-14. Junior parkruns take place on a Sunday morning.

The Great Run Company offer something similar to parkrun called Great Run Local and the events are quite few and far between, but they do seem to be springing up all over the place. They offer 2k and 5k runs on the same day (Sundays).
The website is greatrunlocal.org/events

The National Trust have started doing free monthly 10k runs at some of their locations. "Our free monthly 10k trail runs are a great way to blow away the cobwebs, get some exercise and take in spectacular scenery."

At the moment, times are done with stop watches and paper at most locations.
Each runner can bring 2 guests to these events, so they can view the trust property for free whilst or after you run.

Details here: nationaltrust.org.uk/fea…uns

Sweatshop (sports direct company)
Don't know that much about this one as not one local to me but the bumph states that it's free for life, qualified run leader and you can qualify for free t-shirts, foam roller and shoes.

runhub.sweatshop.co.uk/com…ty/

Up and Running (another dedicated running shop) have weekly runs from their stores.
Details here:
srg.upandrunning.co.uk/runs/
Again never been to one of these events, so unable to comment.


Some local councils offer "Running for Complete Beginners" my local council (North Tyneside) offer this totally free of charge. So may be worth checking your local council website.

activenorthtyneside.org.uk/run…un/

Not a club, but the NHS offers guidance/advice on the Couch to 5k programme (C25k).
Apps which help with this are available from play store and the apple app store.

nhs.uk/liv…ek/


Feel free to add any more you're aware of.

N.B

HUKD Strava here:

strava.com/clu…ukd
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chridt5 m ago

Been posted a gizzilion times already....stop posing for likes.


It's sat at 10 degrees. If it goes cold, I'm not bothered. If it gets one person that otherwise wouldn't have got out running it's worth it. I'm hardly posting for likes, as with anyone on this site I get £0 regardless of whether it goes to 800 or -800.

I'm also assuming you mean posting and not posing.
Did my 100th on Sat!Bit too hot though!
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Been posted a gizzilion times already....stop posing for likes.
chridt5 m ago

Been posted a gizzilion times already....stop posing for likes.


It's sat at 10 degrees. If it goes cold, I'm not bothered. If it gets one person that otherwise wouldn't have got out running it's worth it. I'm hardly posting for likes, as with anyone on this site I get £0 regardless of whether it goes to 800 or -800.

I'm also assuming you mean posting and not posing.
As I haven't ran for a while I could be the person at the back struggling for breath.
Parkrun events page doesn't show events on Microsoft Edge, but does on Chrome
Thanks for posting,

The school holidays are coming and for younger kids there’s the kids 2K races on Sunday mornings or older kids could do the 5K on Saturda
Did my 100th on Sat!Bit too hot though!
Did my first one on Saturday, was absolutely baking!

But pushed myself and improved on my time. Useful picking a random person in front of you and trying to keep up with them throughout.
Sweatshop runs are hit and miss in terms of numbers depending on the store (i.e. a few stores have a reasonable number of runners, others closer to zero). A bit like Runners Need runs (my local Runners Need store on the website claims to have a run once a week, but in reality has no such thing and insufficient staff to allow a staff member to lead even if they were willing to!)

If my local one is the same as the other stores, the "rewards" for regularly running with Sweatshop are now rather less generous.
Edited by: "premierfella" 9th Jul
Love parkrun.

Has anyone tried their new barcode flatbands at all?
I'm happy to see the Parkrun logo once a month as it's such a power for good. And it makes a change from seeing Ronaldo's ugly mug every bloody day on FIFA 18.
LetoKynes17 h, 29 m ago

Love parkrun.Has anyone tried their new barcode flatbands at all?



The best things you can get for barcodes are the credit card/key fob ones. They’re less than a fiver delivered and scan every time. I’ve had trouble scanning the wristbands in the past
Big thank you op, I don't know National trust did runs. So last Sunday I went and joint the other runners at Clumber park 10k. A very enjoyable run and free.

Thank you for posting.
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