Like many WordPressers, I have taken up Automatic’s Worldwide WP 5k challenge and chose to run my 5k at a Parkrun event in Newark, Nottinghamshire.
If you’ve never heard of Parkrun, where have you been? It is a fantastic organisation that stages free weekly 5k runs around the world. Today’s Parkrun was held in Sconce and Devon Park, so named because the remains of the fortification called the Queen’s Sconce, dating from around 1644 and significant during the English Civil war, are in the centre.
I am just getting my running mojo back after a long break, forced by recurring shin splints, so this was my first foray into running events. It was a a slightly foggy morning but there was no chance I was going to get lost on the route judging by the amount of fluorescent yellow runners waiting at the start line. I soon realised that these were the serious Parkrunners, the ones who participated every week and who were on a mission to crack their PBs. Since the course involved three laps of a sports field, they passed me more than once!
The atmosphere was lovely, the event is run entirely by volunteers who cheer you on all the way around (especially when you look like you’re going to die) and I finished the run in 37m 23s according to Runkeeper which is not amazing but it’s set a base time to beat on my next Parkrun.
I didn’t realise until I got back that they send you your results through by email as well, I am now spurred on by the knowledge that I was third in my age category. I’m no longer hating on the teenagers and twenty somethings running ahead of me!
If you are planning to take part in this worldwide event, you must complete your run before 1st November and publish a blog post telling us all about it, ensuring you use the tag wwwp5k.
Enjoy your run! My route and results are below.