Taking Part in Worldwide WordPress 5K 2015

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.

Queen's Sconce at Sconce and Devon Park

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.

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Park run results newark

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About Nicola Auckland

Busy wife to one & mum to two. I've caught the creative writing bug, now need to practice, get awesome and write something worth reading. Simples.
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3 Responses to Taking Part in Worldwide WordPress 5K 2015

  1. Nik says:

    Well done! Glad to hear your shin splints have healed enough to start running again – it must have been so frustrating (not to mention painful). I’m planning on adding a Saturday morning park run into my schedule – haven’t yet done one but I think having a variation from my usual routine will be great for me. I had my first jog in two weeks yesterday – sprained my ankle after slipping down some steps so I’m itching to get back on the road. Look forward to hearing about how you progress.

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    • So you survived the marathon and got banjoed by some stairs? Karma is taking revenge.

      Thanks for dropping by, it was nice to get back out with runners again, even if some of them were a bit bargy in their quest for the PB.

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      • Nik says:

        I’m not sure if it was even stairs plural as I think I stepped off the bottom one when I fell – ankle just went straight under me and I went down in a heap!

        Interestingly it happened the day before the entries opened for the Two Oceans Ultra for next Easter…perhaps my body is giving me a hint…

        Yes – I can imagine there were plenty of elbows today but great that you were back out there.

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