I love parkrun. I don’t get to go very often as Hubby works a lot of weekends but I love it when I can actually make it.
Recently we had to go up to Manchester to visit family and while idly browsing the Internet in the hotel I realised there was a parkrun less than a mile away. I was so excited!
After clearing it with a Hubby I set off to Chadderton Hall parkrun the next morning. I ran down the road and soon found the park. I found some volunteers and followed them on their way back to the start.
As people started to arrive I realised that this wasn’t going to be as busy as what I’m used to. There must have been 56 runners at most. I’m used to between 200-700 depending on which parkrun I go to.
The new runners’ briefing advised that this is not a fast course and you can add at least 2 mins to your usual 5k time due to the tight turns. It was a 4 lap course and at one point it runs round a rose garden.
I finished 45th. The highest finish I’ve ever had lol!! It was hard though and it did add time to my usual 5k time. It’s not one that I would rush to do again as I’m not a fan of lapped courses, but it was a friendly course with friendly marshalls.
Definitely worth trying if you are in the area.