This week I took part in my first ever parkrun at Boultham Park in Lincoln. parkrun is a free, weekly, 5km timed run, and runs take place around the world and are all led by volunteers. I have always wanted to try the Lincoln run, so when my friend said she was going for the first time I was eager to join. So Saturday morning we, along with my other friend who has completed a couple of parkruns before, ventured to Boultham Park ready for the 9am start.
To officially record your time parkrun requires you to register online which enables you to receive your own unique barcode. This is then scanned at the finish line to accurately record who you are and what position you finished. However, as I wasn't feeling that optimistic about my performance, I opted to just run the course and self time my run, rather than have it posted online! My time... 24.40, which if I am honest I was happy with as it was sub 25mins. I also was not quite expecting the number of runners at the start (it turned out to be a record attendance) so got a little stuck, as well as having to slow down briefly to exchange a few words with a couple of people I knew!
Overall I really enjoyed my first parkrun. The event has a lovely atmosphere and is wonderfully organised by the volunteers involved. Its a great way for those new to running to get started, gives more experienced runners an accessible platform to run a weekly timed event, and virtually caters for all those in between. I will definitely be running it again - and may even be brave enough to officially register my time on the next occasion!