Saturday 29 July 2017 was my 50th parkrun. Little did I ever expect in January 2016 that I would become a parkrun addict and within 18 months have completed 50 runs and taken nearly 10 minutes off my first parkrun time.
I signed up to parkrun along with hubby Donal as he’s from a running and cycling background and I thought that this would be something we could do together, and so it has, but we haven’t managed to cross the line together yet!
I started as a determined walker, but over time I started jogging and last Saturday managed to run – albeit slowly – the majority of the 5k route. I love Castletown parkrun. Both the route and the friends I’ve made along the way; the camaraderie and support is immense.
I cannot see myself going back to my pre-parkrun Saturday mornings, and even when I had an ankle injury last summer I was still taking on volunteer roles, meeting people and learning new tasks.
parkrun is a fantastic addition to my life both for physical and mental health, and to anyone thinking about doing a parkrun for the first time I say “Go for it you won’t be sorry!”
And the best part is that parkrun is free and international. One barcode is all you need!
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