So who else loves parkrun?

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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Sports and Fitness MoneySaving
Couldn't see a thread on here, but apologies if there is. Who takes part regularly in parkrun? I only started in November 2016, apart from once in 2012, when my number didn't scan :( So far I have taken part in 32 parkruns and volunteered 15 times.
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  • DigForVictoryDigForVictory Forumite
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    I love it to bits, even though I can't run or get to one for the volunteering yet - a colleague got his century & was delighted that I recognised this as a solid almost two years devoted achievement & we went on to celebrate his 250th run last month on a training course in Scotland with a curry & a pitcher of IrnBru.

    I'm just a supporter, but anything that encourages people to get up & run, at nine in the morning, on a *Saturday* has to be awesome!
  • Barny1979Barny1979 Forumite
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    You can walk Dig for Victory, you could volunteer to be Tail Walker and kill two birds with one stone :)
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  • burnleymikburnleymik Forumite
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    My kids do the Junior one most weekends. It really is excellent and well run. They love having the information of how they did emailed after the event.
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  • IlonaIlona Forumite
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    Anything to get people running or walking has got to be a good thing. I tried it for a few weeks last year but don't like running or walking in a crowd or group. Also seemed pointless getting in the car to go to the Leisure Centre to the start, then drive back again, when I could do the distance just as easily starting from my front door.

    A new one has recently started closer to home, I could walk there, but I haven't yet tried it.

    For those who like group activities the Park Run is great.

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  • catherinekatecatherinekate Forumite
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    Me, I love it. I am very proud of my newly acquired 50 t-shirt! I like that it's friendly when you want it to be, without being too in your face. I have taken nearly 10 minutes off my time since my first parkrun 2 years ago. 32 in a year Barny1979 - that's dedicated!

    I agree that it seems a bit mad to drive down to a run although the change of scenery is nice. Now that I am a lot fitter I am thinking about running there and back too, but at 13 miles total (including the parkrun itself) that still seems a little bit too hardcore.

    I am evangelical about parkrun and recommend it far and wide. Anyone reading this and considering it - just give it a try!
  • Barny1979Barny1979 Forumite
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    Yeah, I wish I had started sooner with taking part
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    Yep love it, although a year of injuries means I'm not able to take part at the mo. I volunteer most Saturdays instead, which can be just as fun :)
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    I cant stand people going to a free organised event to get fit... said nobody ever....
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    I agree that it seems a bit mad to drive down to a run although the change of scenery is nice. Now that I am a lot fitter I am thinking about running there and back too, but at 13 miles total (including the parkrun itself) that still seems a little bit too hardcore.

    I cycle down to mine! its just shy of 5 miles each way, and when I'm running makes a good warm up, and when I'm volunteering means I still get some exercise in!
  • indesisivindesisiv Forumite
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    I agree that it seems a bit mad to drive down to a run although the change of scenery is nice. Now that I am a lot fitter I am thinking about running there and back too, but at 13 miles total (including the parkrun itself) that still seems a little bit too hardcore.

    I sometimes run down to my local one. Its come out at around 15 miles as a round trip including the parkrun.
    I've just got my 50 t-shirt (done 63 I think now) with 21 volunteer roles including 2 as Run director.
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