Earlier this year I decided to start the Couch to 5K (C25K) running programme. At the beginning of April I ran my first 5km with a group of other C25Kers. I’m now running three times a week, but I can’t quite bring myself to say I love it. Or even that I like it. I’m still waiting for this addiction to kick in (is that a thing?!). Every week I drag myself out to the local Parkrun and spend most of the route with a voice in my head saying ‘When will it end? When will it end?’
Parkrun is a global event that runs in public spaces every Saturday, 52 weeks of the year. Whether you’re in deepest darkest Wales or central New York, you’ll be able to find a local parkrun. It’s a 5km run open to anyone who enjoys being outdoors – our local event has 11 year old children up to 80 year old ex-marathon runners. There are mothers with buggies, people with disabilities, semi-professionals through to newbies like me. The atmosphere is always warm and friendly and you’re kept motivated en-route by people shouting encouragement.
For the competitive types, you can log on to the park run site and view your stats at the end of the race. It’s difficult not to start pitting yourself against other runners in your age group.
So last weekend, instead of running, I volunteered to take photos – these are just a handful of over 250 photos…