Free! Fun! Friendly! Fabulous! We Love Parkrun!
I'm Olivia, and I am a Sports Therapist based in East Devon with a particular passion for running! In this blog I am going to talk about one my favourite ways to run - Parkrun!
Parkruns are free, weekly, timed 5 km runs across the UK and the world, in fact, there are 480 locations to choose from! Take a look at my guide to vlog, all the details are in the blog below!
Parkrun terrains vary and can be on road, off road, along the beach or in the park. They are held every single Saturday morning at 9am, which is a great way to start your weekend right!
Because the runs happen every week they are really useful way to monitor your running and how you improve over the weeks and months
Parkrun welcomes everyone and everyone, you can even run with your babies and you can run with your dogs!
One of our favourite things about Parkrun is that running them is not the only way to take part, you can volunteer too! So if you're out of the running game yourself, you can still offer support to other runners. Or if you are running it's a fabulous way to get your family involved in the Saturday morning trip to Parkrun, with heaps of different roles for people who would like to volunteer, such as marshallers, bar code scanners, time recorders and even race directors!
If you have young children or older children that are not able to run the full 5km then there are some junior Parkruns across the country that consist of a 2km run for those aged between 4 and 14 years of age. Again these are free, held in safe locations and they take place every single Sunday at 9am
So? fancy giving it a whirl? Here's how you get started!
Take a look at the Parkrun website here and complete the registration form
Then go to the main Parkrun events listing page here and take a look at what event you'd like to take part in and register your details! Did you know that there is a Parkrun in Exmouth now - take a look at the blog here
Make sure you print off your barcode! You will not be able to get a timed run without it - so make sure you take it with you!
I'd always try and arrive at the Parkrun at least 10 minutes before the race starts so you can listen to the briefing from the Race Director. The briefing will include information about the route and health and safety, it's also a great way to meet a few people and have a quick chat!
Then all you have to do is run and enjoy your race! It's always nice to say a few thank you's as you go around to some of the marshalls and don't forget to collect your token at the finish line!
When you hand in your token your barcode will be scanned and the details of your race including time and position will be text to you later in the day!
You can now sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of your weekend! Hurrah for Parkrun!