parkrun

I arrived at my local Kesgrave parkrun on Saturday morning following a few training miles with Pete to what is the the best parkrun briefing I've ever heard. At the start of any parkrun there is a briefing where the Run Director gives a few notices about the event and is an opportunity to mention the volunteers and any runners who are hitting milestones. This week, our Run Director, Simon Goldsmith delivered his briefing as a RAP. That's right, a rap, complete with Dr. Dre backing music through a PA system. A couple of parkrunners caught it all on video and it wasn't long before it was being tweeted, re-tweeted, shared and picked up by the local BBC News. This is one of the great things about parkrun, it's not too serious and there's always fun to be had. If you've been thinking about coming along, think no more and come and visit

During the last weekend of January I finally achieved my first parkrun milestone and joined the ever-growing 50 club. That's taking part in 50 parkruns and every runner who reaches this milestone is rewarded with a red 50 t-shirt. It's taken me a while to get there, since going along to my first parkrun at the end of 2012 (I wrote a short blog about it at the time), working out at only an average of 1.25 parkruns per month. 2013 and 2014 were slightly quieter with my marathon training long runs taking over on Saturday mornings and our closest parkrun being a little drive away. Fast forward to September 2014 and we have a new parkrun almost on the doorstep (I can run there in less than 8 mins), say hello to the awesome Kesgrave parkrun. As long as we're around, I'll be there on Saturday morning, ready for the 9am

Photo from Ipswich parkrun on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/Ipswichparkrun Waking up early on Saturday morning I decided that rather than opt for the 8am training session in Christchurch Park, I would give myself an extra hour and go and try the new-ish Ipswich Parkrun at Chantry Park. This was to be the 9th Ipswich Parkrun after it was established in early September. Parkrun, a non-profit organisation, originated in 2004 as a free running event, giving runners the opportunity to compete against themselves rather than others over the 5Km distance. The idea being that you turn up, run 5Km, are given an official time for your run and then you try to better that time each week. I was unsure how many people would also turn out for the Ipswich Parkrun on a cold, damp November Saturday morning and was surprised at home many were there, especially the number of first-timers. In total there were