Parkrun and junior parkrun, free weekly timed 5ks and 2ks (for kids).
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Parkrun and junior parkrun, free weekly timed 5ks and 2ks (for kids).

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Found 14th Mar
Posted by myself and others in the past but well worth a reminder.

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.

Some locations have kids runs which are 2k and take place on a Sunday.

There are hundreds of parkruns dotted over the UK, I have 4 within 5 miles of my house every week. Most events take place on a Saturday at 0900.

A 5k can cost anywhere from a couple of quid to take part in right up to £22 for the Great North 5k. Whilst you won't get a medal for finishing this, you do gain milestone t-shirts and kids get wristbands.

All you really need is the barcode which you print out on registration.

You can do it from the age of 4 (4-14 for junior) but under 11's need to be with a guardian.
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my local park run is about 0.5 mile away and is very well run, you don't need money to get fit - just motivation, kudos to anyone who starts the journey to getting fit.
juicedtothegills15th Mar

Getting up at 9am on a Saturday morning to do a 25min run isn't worth …Getting up at 9am on a Saturday morning to do a 25min run isn't worth getting your shoes dirty.Didn't even know that dogs were an issue at some of these...and I thought the walkers were bad.Parkrun is becoming a mockery and purely facilitates middle aged mouthpieces to namedrop their attempt at exercise to their unassuming coworkers every Monday.


Really? Seriously? For starters, for most of us that run 5km is worth getting out of bed for - sometimes it's the only reason some have to get out of bed! Why is parkrun becoming a mockery? Seriously, you are living in cloud cuckoo land. I don't believe a lot of my co-workers would even know I I did a parkrun at the weekend - I save those bragging rights for my half marathons and marathons You're a first class eejit.
I have 3 to choose from in my city. Just a shame I've volunteered (due to being injured) more than I've ran them!
Why when the UK uses miles are these runs and similar done in kms ,is it because it makes it sound more or just a nice round figure as apposed to 3.1 miles.
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Why when the UK uses miles are these runs and similar done in kms ,is it because it makes it sound more or just a nice round figure as apposed to 3.1 miles.
rhinopaul5 m ago

Why when the UK uses miles are these runs and similar done in kms ,is it …Why when the UK uses miles are these runs and similar done in kms ,is it because it makes it sound more or just a nice round figure as apposed to 3.1 miles.


Not a clue. Would guess at it being a more standardised format worldwide. You don't run a 1/2 mile at the track you run 800m. From experience races seem to be in KMs (1,2,5,10,11,15) upto 10 miles. Then they get to half and full marathon.
Our kids do the local junior run. Great way to get your kids to start doing exercise as part of a routine.
fab post op.

I know they have beening doing this for years but more and more locations are been added all the time.

My local park has recently started an event so can walk now to it.
Have been doing it for a year locally, great opportunities to volunteer as well!
"I have 4 within 5 miles of my house every week"


My nearest one is over half an hour's drive away
my local park run is about 0.5 mile away and is very well run, you don't need money to get fit - just motivation, kudos to anyone who starts the journey to getting fit.
I have 3 to choose from in my city. Just a shame I've volunteered (due to being injured) more than I've ran them!
cis_groupie1 h, 4 m ago

"I have 4 within 5 miles of my house every week"My nearest one is over …"I have 4 within 5 miles of my house every week"My nearest one is over half an hour's drive away


Have you looked to see if you have a great run local near you? Same concept as parkrun just ran by the Great Run company. Not as widespread as parkrun. Alternatively you could look at setting up a parkrun yourself (or with a group). My friend set up a one local to me, local council (North Tyneside) helped with this.


Just looked at greatrunlocal.org they only have 22 events across the UK, so you're far more likely to have a parkrun local.
Edited by: "Paddy_o_furniture" 14th Mar
Paddy_o_furniture31 m ago

Have you looked to see if you have a great run local near you? Same …Have you looked to see if you have a great run local near you? Same concept as parkrun just ran by the Great Run company. Not as widespread as parkrun. Alternatively you could look at setting up a parkrun yourself (or with a group). My friend set up a one local to me, local council (North Tyneside) helped with this.Just looked at http://www.greatrunlocal.org they only have 22 events across the UK, so you're far more likely to have a parkrun local.


I live in deepest darkest Wales so there's no chance of there being anything near me I could set up a park run, but it would just be me & my sheep. But thanks for the suggestions, though
Best post i have seen on here ! Great way to get into running and very friendly volunteers make it a nice way to get your confidence up and run with the support of others. Volunteering is a great way for people to get to interact with more people locally. Made lots of mates and through the week see friendly faces you recognise in the street. Good community vibe.
cis_groupie1 h, 13 m ago

I live in deepest darkest Wales so there's no chance of there being …I live in deepest darkest Wales so there's no chance of there being anything near me I could set up a park run, but it would just be me & my sheep. But thanks for the suggestions, though


Wales
if only they banned dogs from these parkruns I would be in!
joesmum1 h, 9 m ago

if only they banned dogs from these parkruns I would be in!


Have you been to Leamington, it’s like crufts.
joesmum1 h, 14 m ago

if only they banned dogs from these parkruns I would be in!



Some do
Woof! Great deal.

Rugby parkrun being the best obviously, not biased or anything.
rhinopaul6 h, 8 m ago

Why when the UK uses miles are these runs and similar done in kms ,is it …Why when the UK uses miles are these runs and similar done in kms ,is it because it makes it sound more or just a nice round figure as apposed to 3.1 miles.


Standardisation in order to better compare performances between races in different locations around the world.

Metric distances have been used for short running events for a large part of the modern era of athletics. Some countries used to use imperial measurements (such as a 6mile race) but eventually most adapted their courses to match the metric distance.

This is unlike the marathon and half marathon which was based on the distance between two cities and thus has a ‘messy’ number of 42.195km or 26.219 miles. Even those numbers changed many times until they got finally standardised.
I love parkrun. I’ve been doing it for ages. You get to meet amazing people, have some fun, and something healthy. Kudos to volunteers, incredible people who get up in the worst weather every week to make it happen.
rhinopaul6 h, 15 m ago

Why when the UK uses miles are these runs and similar done in kms ,is it …Why when the UK uses miles are these runs and similar done in kms ,is it because it makes it sound more or just a nice round figure as apposed to 3.1 miles.


Because the world of sport uses metres.

Olympics are 100m, 200m, etc.
rhinopaul6 h, 43 m ago

Why when the UK uses miles are these runs and similar done in kms ,is it …Why when the UK uses miles are these runs and similar done in kms ,is it because it makes it sound more or just a nice round figure as apposed to 3.1 miles.


It's a worldwide thing, so kms make more sense
Voted hot, great events although, I find it incredibly frustrating that we have the largest urban park (Sutton Coldfield) in Europe at the end of our street and no park runs available
I started just a few weeks ago and have been every week (except one cancelled due to snow and ice!). A great motivator, a real mix of abilities and ages, some walk it, some sprint it, good atmosphere. Around 300 turn up at my local.
robs134 m ago

I started just a few weeks ago and have been every week (except one …I started just a few weeks ago and have been every week (except one cancelled due to snow and ice!). A great motivator, a real mix of abilities and ages, some walk it, some sprint it, good atmosphere. Around 300 turn up at my local.


So few weeks. Missed one so one or two. Glad you enjoyed
I signed up on the site and created a password, but can't log into the app... is the username just the email? I've tried that... I can't be that daft!
I would love to do Parkrun but I find it just physically impossible to get to my nearest one for 9am on a Saturday. I do enjoy running, I'm just as far from a morning person as it's possible to get. I wonder what it would take to set up my own Parkrun on an afternoon for my fellow non-morning people?


rhinopaul9 h, 30 m ago

Why when the UK uses miles are these runs and similar done in kms ,is it …Why when the UK uses miles are these runs and similar done in kms ,is it because it makes it sound more or just a nice round figure as apposed to 3.1 miles.


Most of the world uses kilometres so it's so that things can be standardised, especially if you're running internationally. Also, they're shorter distances so it's easier to start doing 5km, then work your way up to 10km, than it is to start at 5 miles and work your way up to 10 miles. A 5k a day is a nice easy workout once you're into it. (And, yes, it is nice that it sounds more - I mean, if you had to, would you rather run 5km or 5 miles? )
Parkrun is a fantastic, free way of running...welcome to all....just hope I can get my 50th t shirt (free) now they've moved to a different supplier.
Park run is an amazing way of getting local people out exercising, it’s designed for people of every running abilities. Your weekly results are both txted and emailed to you on the day and is really easy to follow your progress over the weeks and months, I recommend this to everyone.
joesmum14 h, 14 m ago

if only they banned dogs from these parkruns I would be in!


Why should they ban dogs? Bell...
juicedtothegills15th Mar

Getting up at 9am on a Saturday morning to do a 25min run isn't worth …Getting up at 9am on a Saturday morning to do a 25min run isn't worth getting your shoes dirty.Didn't even know that dogs were an issue at some of these...and I thought the walkers were bad.Parkrun is becoming a mockery and purely facilitates middle aged mouthpieces to namedrop their attempt at exercise to their unassuming coworkers every Monday.


Really? Seriously? For starters, for most of us that run 5km is worth getting out of bed for - sometimes it's the only reason some have to get out of bed! Why is parkrun becoming a mockery? Seriously, you are living in cloud cuckoo land. I don't believe a lot of my co-workers would even know I I did a parkrun at the weekend - I save those bragging rights for my half marathons and marathons You're a first class eejit.
toninhopapoose10 h, 37 m ago

I signed up on the site and created a password, but can't log into the …I signed up on the site and created a password, but can't log into the app... is the username just the email? I've tried that... I can't be that daft!


You'll need to use your parkrun run ID to log in. That should be on the email you'll get after sign up and begins with A. It should also be on the barcodes you'll have been emailed (You'll need your barcode each time you run if you want to track your times/progress).

Been a while but dont think you can't log in until you get a password set up. Go to log in page and click forgot password and enter yiur ID. You should get a password emailed. Then just go into your profile and change the password.

support.parkrun.com/hc/…nt-
Didn't know they did junior ones.

Great opportunity to get kids out of the house and away from 'screens' and some fitness.

Def going to take my son along.
I volunteer at my local parkrun and see first hand the positive effect it has on most people who take part. From the very unfit lady in her 50s who had never done any real exercise in her life, coming the first week and taking 70+ minutes to walk around the course - flash forward a few months and she's running the course in under 50 minutes and getting better every week! Or the guy in his 20s who is partially sighted and has never been able to run before, now being able to do it with the help of a guide runner. Or the family of 3 generations who come every week and run together. For these people it's not a "mockery" - it's a positive thing that's improving their health and wellbeing!


juicedtothegills15th Mar

Getting up at 9am on a Saturday morning to do a 25min run isn't worth …Getting up at 9am on a Saturday morning to do a 25min run isn't worth getting your shoes dirty.Didn't even know that dogs were an issue at some of these...and I thought the walkers were bad.Parkrun is becoming a mockery and purely facilitates middle aged mouthpieces to namedrop their attempt at exercise to their unassuming coworkers every Monday.

juicedtothegills15th Mar

Getting up at 9am on a Saturday morning to do a 25min run isn't worth …Getting up at 9am on a Saturday morning to do a 25min run isn't worth getting your shoes dirty.Didn't even know that dogs were an issue at some of these...and I thought the walkers were bad.Parkrun is becoming a mockery and purely facilitates middle aged mouthpieces to namedrop their attempt at exercise to their unassuming coworkers every Monday.


Can only imagine you're an internet troll.

Cant imagine any other reason why anyone would see people getting out and doing exercise as a bad thing.
reddragon10515 h, 14 m ago

I would love to do Parkrun but I find it just physically impossible to get …I would love to do Parkrun but I find it just physically impossible to get to my nearest one for 9am on a Saturday. I do enjoy running, I'm just as far from a morning person as it's possible to get. I wonder what it would take to set up my own Parkrun on an afternoon for my fellow non-morning people?Most of the world uses kilometres so it's so that things can be standardised, especially if you're running internationally. Also, they're shorter distances so it's easier to start doing 5km, then work your way up to 10km, than it is to start at 5 miles and work your way up to 10 miles. A 5k a day is a nice easy workout once you're into it. (And, yes, it is nice that it sounds more - I mean, if you had to, would you rather run 5km or 5 miles? )


The ones in Scotland and Northern Ireland start at 9.30am if that helps?
ipaq17 h, 49 m ago

Voted hot, great events although, I find it incredibly frustrating that we …Voted hot, great events although, I find it incredibly frustrating that we have the largest urban park (Sutton Coldfield) in Europe at the end of our street and no park runs available



So fill in the form and set one up: parkrun.com/abo…nt/
juicedtothegills15th Mar

Getting up at 9am on a Saturday morning to do a 25min run isn't worth …Getting up at 9am on a Saturday morning to do a 25min run isn't worth getting your shoes dirty.Didn't even know that dogs were an issue at some of these...and I thought the walkers were bad.Parkrun is becoming a mockery and purely facilitates middle aged mouthpieces to namedrop their attempt at exercise to their unassuming coworkers every Monday.


For some people getting to 5k is a proper slog and a milestone, I've seen plenty of people start of here and move up distances, but you know what its not about that, any exercise is good and its a great way to get your kids off their xbox and interact in the real world. Also more competitive runners find it a handy benchmarking exercise. Get back to your ps4 or whatever I can see you are more of a gamer looking at your posts its not a bad thing to be into online stuff but its nice to use the legs and lungs as oppose to thumbs every now and again. Believe me if someone is bragging about running 5k then its probably been hard for them and is an achievement. parkrun on a saturday morning is a nice way for many to start the weekend.

Also I tend to run in trainers as oppose to shoes
Edited by: "dazzler303" 15th Mar
Can I enter the junior one so i stand a better chance of winning?
5KYL1N33 m ago

Can I enter the junior one so i stand a better chance of winning?


Nope and some of the juniors at my local are rapido anyway. Course record at my local is 6:43 which works out at about 5:25 a mile.

(Appreciate your post was tongue in cheek)
Yeah thinking about taking my eldest (6) and run alongside, guess that's Ok?
5KYL1N37 m ago

Yeah thinking about taking my eldest (6) and run alongside, guess that's …Yeah thinking about taking my eldest (6) and run alongside, guess that's Ok?


Yeah, but don't go through the finish funnel. You also don't need a barcode when running with a junior.

Just to add some local junior parkruns may incentivise you to take part Whitley Bay (my local) has a partnership with an ice cream shop and gives ice creams to those who took part after.
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