I know, I know. I am late to the party.
I have to admit, I have never previously been to a parkrun anywhere due to quite often working on a Saturday morning, or travelling back very late on Friday nights. For any of my nearby parkruns I would need to run there and back as parking around them is a nightmare from what people have said – so I would need to be up quite early to get to my nearest. (I don’t run well when I am half asleep but am trying to improve that so I can get out of the door quicker!).
However, one of the other Milton Keynes Marathon Ambassadors had suggested that we try and meet up to run parkrun and promote the Marathon weekend together, and I thought it would be rude to refuse, but also it would give me the opportunity to run somewhere different as I continue with my runstreak.
(For those who haven’t heard of parkrun (where have you been?), it is a free event held every Saturday for people to go and run (or walk) 5km. There are no prizes, but you do get a timed result texted or e-mailed to you later on and you can see where you rank amongst other people both totally and in your age group. To find out more, check out http://www.parkrun.org.uk.)
So that explained why I got up at 5:45am to drive down to Milton Keynes yesterday morning!
It rained more and more the closer I got to Milton Keynes, but as it approached 9am the rain lightened and then stopped. One of my friends had been extremely kind and offered to run with me, and had also taken the time and trouble to laminate my barcode that I would need at the end. Thank you very much Sarah 😀
We headed over to the start, there were then some brief announcements and then we were off! It was a lovely route, running alongside the canal before passing the Peace Pagoda, and “Milton Keynes Stonehenge” before heading along the edge of Willen Lake to the finish point. I also got treated to learning about the Peace Pagoda, which I wish to look into further, as well as other local knowledge. It was great to catch up with my friend and I may use further parkrun Saturdays to catch up with other friends in different locations!
There were a number of runners there from Redway Runners who were graduating from a Couch to 5k plan and in total there were 642 people who completed the parkrun. I am more used to running on my own these days so it made a lovely change to have someone to run with and actually finish somewhere in the middle instead of near to last!
Hopefully we have managed to convince some people to sign up for the Milton Keynes Marathon weekend (www.mkmarathon.com) – whether the full marathon, half marathon or relay event – as a way to continue their progression after successfully completing their first 5km – or at the very least to consider coming and cheering for us on the day itself! Volunteering may be something you would like if you don’t want to run? We appreciate all of those tireless people who give up their time freely to help us achieve our goals!
What are your parkrun experiences? Share them here!
Have a great day!