A free, weekly, timed 5k walk/jog/run at 9am every Saturday. Open to all ages and abilities. Organised entirely by volunteers. Friendly and fun. Join us!
About 4 years ago I started working at my old university and found I had Saturday mornings free. Normally in past jobs working in retail a Saturday morning off was very rare unless you booked it off. My very good friend Caroline had told me about parkrun and had been running quite regularly and said to join her and go for a coffee after. I can’t remember if she had told me at this point to bring my camera but the following time I did and that’s when the volunteering started. I think it wasn’t until two years later in 2016 after a year or so break from running, that I plucked up the courage and ran my first one at Roundhay with Caroline and got a fantastic time of 34 minutes 58 seconds I believe. I then went on to try Woodhouse Moor where it all began and then when work got in the way I attempted to dust off some cobwebs and face the park where my running journey had begun almost 7 years ago in 2011 and got a pb a year later.
The reason I mention parkrun is it’s for all ages and abilities, I find when I say ‘I’m going to go for a run’ people say why on earth would you do that. The problem is behind the wording, because people think you’re constantly running, when in fact a run can involve a hop, skip and a jump, that sometimes our bodies give us signs and tell us we can’t go further and therefore we need to put in some walking breaks before we set off again.
To me parkrun is more than just a 5k run, it’s a small family gathering every Saturday morning where people go out for some exercise or to see others exercise, whether it’s a fast 5k or a walk, or to volunteer and have some fun and some company. And with most parkruns a coffee and cake after at a local cafe. So when ever you’re need of a challenge, some company or want to do something for someone else, go to parkrun.
What were some of the lyrics to the Cheers programme….
Making your way in the world today, Takes everything you’ve got; Taking a break from all your worries Sure would help a lot. Wouldn’t you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go. Where everybody knows your name, And they’re always glad you came; You want to be where you can see, Our troubles are all the same; You want to be where everybody knows your name.
Oh and last year I finally got my 25th volunteer cap. And for that you get a t-shirt, just like other milestones such as when you have run 50 parkruns. Here’s my achievements to date:
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See old posts about parkrun below
And my favourite and who I owe it all to….
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