Every Saturday morning on the dot of 9am, in 850 parks around the world, thousands of runners embark on a journey. For some this is just their regular 5km work out, for others it means a little more.
Families, young children, senior citizens, teenagers and youngsters all group together to take part in a free organised run. Some are celebrating their 100th park run while others their first. No matter how fast or slow you are you can take part.
Children get whizzed around in their buggies by fit parents, wheelchair users speed around using their arm strength, while dogs run alongside their owners.
The sense of community is overwhelming and everyone can attend the parkrun. Whether you walk it in 50 minutes, race it in 15, or stand on the side cheering on the runners – it is definitely worth coming along to.
You can register on the Park Run website. You will then be given a bar-code to print out. Take this with you to the run and your time will then be published on the website later that day. You will find out what place you came, your age grade and if you got a personal best time or not.
There is nothing to lose – grab a pair of trainers you don’t mind getting muddy and venture to your nearest park run.