Looking to burn off those mince pies or just get more active in 2018 ? Get yourself down to your local parkrun every Saturday at 9am! It's free....
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Looking to burn off those mince pies or just get more active in 2018 ? Get yourself down to your local parkrun every Saturday at 9am! It's free....

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Found 2nd JanEdited by:"pete21"
2869353.jpgNot so much a freebie - more of a heads up for those that don't already know about parkrun. Apologies if it's been posted before. I couldn't find it when I searched :-

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.

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.

Using the events page, select the event you are most interested in and review all the information about the course, local news items, the photo gallery and information about volunteering. Also, take a look at the extensive results page where you will find an incredible amount of information about your past performance.
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The hardest part of this is putting your trainers on and walking to the park. Once you're there you'll feel so good about yourself. Go for it!
Domthedonkey8 m ago

Running through dog muck,no thanks


Go to the gym then or buy a treadmill just stop making excuses for being fat
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Took my 8 year old for his first park run yesterday. In absolute deluge he managed all 5km. I've never been so proud. Really is a great community
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It is a freebie compared to the £46 price I saw for a 10k a couple of months ago...
good post, we all need to get out more!
Running through dog muck,no thanks
parkrun.org.uk/eve…ts/

Also junior parkrun is a series of 2k runs for children aged between 4 and 14 on Sunday mornings.
my local is Strathclyde park - I've done it twice but the course is completely waterlogged regardless of the time of year. it's still a great concept though... I need to find a different running group.
Domthedonkey8 m ago

Running through dog muck,no thanks


Go to the gym then or buy a treadmill just stop making excuses for being fat
Domthedonkey12 m ago

Running through dog muck,no thanks


Happy New Year smiler....
Ive done 88 Park runs up to now.Hope to get to 100 this year.Do it about every 2 weeks plus other jogs in between.
I alternate between 3 local runs depending on weather or how fit myself and family feel!
ohdearohdear10 m ago

Go to the gym then or buy a treadmill just stop making excuses for being …Go to the gym then or buy a treadmill just stop making excuses for being fat


Why would you assume I'm fat because I have a fear of standing in dog poo
Heated but would be good if they were a bit closer and had more public sector buy-in.
The hardest part of this is putting your trainers on and walking to the park. Once you're there you'll feel so good about yourself. Go for it!
Domthedonkey30 m ago

Why would you assume I'm fat because I have a fear of standing in dog poo …Why would you assume I'm fat because I have a fear of standing in dog poo


Cant you swerve and not to step into it? Maybe using your eyes would help
Domthedonkey51 m ago

Running through dog muck,no thanks


Look where you’re running. Problem solved
Mangoon31 m ago

Heated but would be good if they were a bit closer and had more public …Heated but would be good if they were a bit closer and had more public sector buy-in.


They are volunteer run events. If you want one closer to you just organise one yourself:)
PK is very popular in Bristol. To the point that capacity is a problem.

Thanks for the post OP but January is generally a poor time to start running. New year resolutions tend to die quickly.
I joined in 2017 and I was surprised how many people turn up so early on a Saturday morning, ~300 at Luton's Wardown Park. Highly recommended.
Took my 8 year old for his first park run yesterday. In absolute deluge he managed all 5km. I've never been so proud. Really is a great community
Domthedonkey1 h, 7 m ago

Running through dog muck,no thanks


Horse and Donkey is worse.
Run on your own, much better. I did 100 miles last year.
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These are a great follow on from Couch to 5k, if you've done or are thinking of doing it. Having a planned run makes it a bit easier to keep going.

There are 2 near where I live, and they staggered the start times yesterday so you could do both if you wanted.
mcgoo322 h, 2 m ago

my local is Strathclyde park - I've done it twice but the course is …my local is Strathclyde park - I've done it twice but the course is completely waterlogged regardless of the time of year. it's still a great concept though... I need to find a different running group.


I’d say the dog walkers are a bigger problem and in the summer the influx of neds and families that feel the need to leave their litter despite there being plenty of bins
i think the NHS should sponsor these events as it would keep a lot of people out of hospitals and GP surgeries long term!
Domthedonkey2 h, 31 m ago

Running through dog muck,no thanks


Great attitude. You will go far in life.....
Mangoon2 h, 9 m ago

Heated but would be good if they were a bit closer and had more public …Heated but would be good if they were a bit closer and had more public sector buy-in.


parkrun.com/abo…nt/

Here's the link to start your own event as you seem to have a lot of ideas on how to improve it.
Edited by: "urbanlegend11" 2nd Jan
londonstinks1 h, 28 m ago

Run on your own, much better. I did 100 miles last year.


Are we supposed to be impressed? Doing parkrun every week you'd run 50% further than you achieved
I did the new year double header yesterday. Cardiff then Newport. Despite the rain massive support and attendance. A excellent community that supports and encourages all. No matter your ability.
londonstinks1 h, 30 m ago

Run on your own, much better. I did 100 miles last year.


Why is it much better to run on your own than to do a free, regular, timed, social event ?
prettejohn2 h, 5 m ago

The hardest part of this is putting your trainers on and walking to the …The hardest part of this is putting your trainers on and walking to the park. Once you're there you'll feel so good about yourself. Go for it!


The hardest part is trying to go a bit faster up the mild slope of the last 200 yards of the course...
Lolz. I guess this is a deal
Domthedonkey2 h, 55 m ago

Running through dog muck,no thanks


Hang off the back of the pack, by the time you get to any dog poo it’s been obliterated Well that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it
I did two yesterday! One at 9am and the second at 10.30. Everyone was in such good form and loads of runners went and got breakfast afterwards. The manager at the Wetherspoons was furious to see 100 hungry runners show up at the same time, but we all got fed eventually.

I have now done 107 Parkruns. I have done them in England, Rep of Ireland, N Ireland, Italy, Poland, I have one in Germany planned for April. Combined with NHS C25K, nothing else in the world has had such a positive impact on my wellbeing, both mental and physical.
gazter10 m ago

The hardest part is trying to go a bit faster up the mild slope of the …The hardest part is trying to go a bit faster up the mild slope of the last 200 yards of the course...


Well then just walk that part of the course until you feel comfortable running it. The most important thing is to get out there. Second is to complete the 5k. Third is to run the whole 5k. Last is to do a good time. And if you keep doing the most important thing, the others will follow.
londonstinks1 h, 53 m ago

Run on your own, much better. I did 100 miles last year.


No thanks. I'd rather have something like this that is regular. I know that at 9am I need to be at the start line. No excuses. No 'doing it later' and getting sidetracked and then forgetting it. If you're a regular runner then that's fine, but if you're looking for a bit of motivation, this is better.

Plus if you're not a very confident runner, it can be easier running at these things because ultimately you'll be running with people who are as fast/slow as you are. It's sometimes easier to hide in the crowd.

They keep a record of your run and so it's easy to see your progress over time too. And you can run at other locations and still get a record of that on your profile too.

Maybe it'll lead to people doing extra runs and maybe outgrowing the Park Run, but for regular folks this is a really good thing.
I do ParkRun every week but it's not something you have to start at the beginning of the year, i hate all these "it's January, better get on a treadmill", do what you want, when you want.There's no pressure at ParkRun, in fact the guy who started said he hates the January push for fitness
mutley11 h, 3 m ago

i think the NHS should sponsor these events as it would keep a lot of …i think the NHS should sponsor these events as it would keep a lot of people out of hospitals and GP surgeries long term!


Especially as GP's are actually 'prescribing' parkrun as a way of getting active!
parkrun - all one word, always lowercase.
Just done my first run great atmosphere
Been going to the Brixton park run for a while, it's great
The great thing about running is the damage you do to the joints. It's great. What's years of arthritis down the line compared against a good old run through the park. Of course you could walk fast, that could be something.
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