Sunday, 16 December 2012

Is parkrun for me?

parkrun is for everyone. Anyone can go along to parkrun.

But if your question is more along the lines of "Will parkrun suit me?", then that of course depends more on you than parkrun.

It is fair to say that parkrun can be pretty much anything you want it to be. It can be a walk, a jog, a run, even a race. It can be training, it can be fun, you can even take it seriously. It really can be anything you want it to be.

Oh, except it can't be a 10km run. But even that isn't true as you can easily make it the start, middle or end of a longer run.

These days, parkrun (the organisation) themselves repeatedly say that parkrun is not a race. They are right to say this, as it is not what parkrun is really about. But in truth, if you and your friends want to make it a race, then you can. The only proviso being that it is a fun race and not a deadly serious, win at all costs race. Don't expect parkrun to decide who wins a photo finish. Not taking it too seriously, and fun and enjoyment are the key here.

If you are looking to get fit, or lose weight, parkrun can be part of the solution.
If you are new to running, parkrun is perfect.
If you haven't run for years and want to get back into it, parkrun is perfect.
If you are looking to make friends, parkrun can help.
If you just want en excuse to get out in the fresh air on a Saturday morning for a bit of exercise, look no further, parkrun is ideal.
If you want to get faster, sure parkrun can help you do that.
If you want to run with or against people of similar abilities, there are bound to be people of a similar ability to you at parkrun.
If you have been a runner for a while and now want to join a club, there will be plenty of clubs with runners at your local parkrun and they will be more than happy to talk to you about joining their club.

parkrun is for everyone!

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