My first parkrun was 5th April 2014, I crossed the line in 45:32. My best time at Cross Flatts is 34:43, by best overall time is 34:29. When I start to have doubts about my running ability and progress, I look at these results just to remind me of how far I have come.
For a variety of reasons I have strayed to other parkruns. After my initial bad experience at an “away” parkrun, I am now addicted to tourism.
When an event in Cross Flatts park meant that parkrun could not go ahead I went to my first ever “away” parkrun at Temple Newsam. This was just over a month after I started going to parkrun and I came away disappointed with my time of 45:43. I have never been back. This is not a reflection on the parkrun or the runners, I was crushingly disappointed by my time. I will go back at some point.
On New Year’s Day this year (2016), I was joined by my sister in law, brother in law and his girlfriend at Dewsbury parkrun. The promise of bacon sandwiches at my mother in law’s after had quite a lot to do with the choice of venue. It was also lovely to see a running friend from Leeds there too. Dewsbury is quite hilly, even compared to Cross Flatts so I was happy with 35:27.
In February, I had a short break in Wroclaw, Poland and I was pleased to see that there was a parkrun there. It was a very flat out and back course and I was not surprised to get my best ever time of 34:29. This was the first review I wrote up for South Leeds Life. Most recently, I have been to Dalby Forest’s first ever parkrun.
Approaching the finish line at Wroclaw.
I am planning to visit parkruns in Ireland, New Zealand and Australia later this year.
On 19th March 2016, I completed my 40th parkrun. I am due to get my 50th award very soon, I’m going to volunteer a few times and attend my 50th parkrun on my birthday (not my 50th birthday though).
Through parkrun, I have met a lot of lovely people. Home and away, they are all very kind and supportive.