Park Run – simple, free and near you!

So you if live in Hart, you’ve seen Fleet 10K road race and the Fleet Half marathon and Unknown-1now you think, “that looks easy so how can I join in?”

Well I took the view about 3 months that I would download a training schedule for a 10K run from the “interweb” to prep for the Fleet 10K and it worked!! I was able to complete the 10k run in a personal best time! (it was my one and only 10k!)

At the end of the run whilst panting and sweating and full of endorphins a mate suggested that my wife and I join him on a 5.2mile trail run with a water jump (or as we call it a stream)  in early December and I foolishly agreed.

So I started looking about for a training schedule for absolute beginners and came across the Park Run website: .



Park Run is a free weekly event and there will be one close to where you live. Nearest to us is the Rushmore venue. The free to join, friendly, and really simple to access event covers a 5k course:  In Rushmore’s this case you run across playing fields, pavements, paths and the Basingstoke Canal tow path.

So today we did our first Rushmore Park Run and Lucy my wife did grand receiving the following email along with her time:

Congratulations on completing your 1st parkrun and your 1st at Rushmoor parkrun today. You finished in 85th place and were the 30th female out of a field of 97 parkrunners and you came 2nd in your age category VW50-54. Take a look at this week’s full set of results on our website. Well done on your first run. We have set this as your PB.
You achieved an age-graded score of 51.31%.



It was a really friendly experience and although I was lapped by several of the front runners on the two lap journey its fair to say we had a blast. And the Park runs is on every Saturday. 0900 sharp!

See you there?




About Roger Nield MBE

Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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