I wonder how many of you have heard of, or participated in a parkrun event. I kept seeing comments on Facebook from people asking who was going to this or that Parkrun. I have to say, the green-eyed monster comes out to play a bit when I see so many great events available for people who live in the bigger cities.
This time though, I decided to do something about it. I contacted parkrun and got all the information about the requirements for getting one started here in Tamworth.
They put me in touch with another lady who’d contacted them recently. We met for coffee a few months ago and this week we’re having our first official meeting to get this up and running – if you’ll pardon the pun. We’ll be looking at sources for funding and potential 5km courses.
I also contacted one of the “contacts” for a parkrun in another town to pick their brains a bit before launching into it.
The only “advertising” I’ve done (and I use the word loosely) is to mention on Facebook what we’re hoping to do. So, I have a bunch of people I’ve never met coming to my place on Thursday night and I’m pretty excited.
I’m looking forward to meeting other non-serious runners and the chance to be part of something like this. I’d like to see a parkrun event established in Tamworth and to see it become a self-sustaining, fun and important part of the community. I’d love to see people of all ages, backgrounds, gender, and social status being able to participate in the weekly, timed, non-competitive, and free, 5km run/walk. It would operate in a family-friendly environment, promoting healthy lifestyles and inclusivity through social interaction. And the best bit? Because it is free, noone is excluded.
Because it is non-competitive, fitness level is not an issue. However, individuals are still able to challenge themselves against their own times if they want to. There are a lot of statistics available. Look at this example (taken as a screenshot from www.parkrun.com.au) today 26th August 2013:
I’m hoping to get a group together to travel down to Newcastle and do one of their parkruns one weekend soon so I can see how it all works and comes together.
Speaking of travel, I’m very seriously considering putting a late entry in for the 10km event at the Forster Running Festival in a couple of weeks. I’m a bit disappointed that I allowed myself to walk as much as I did in the Tamworth Ten and would like to “redeem myself”. Who needs an excuse to go to the beach anyway???
So what is your experience with parkrun? Have you done it? Do you know others who have? And if you’re local and want to be part of the organising group – please feel free to contact me!
I love this (also captured on their home page tonight):
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