Saturday, 26 June 2010

NEW 5K PB – A whole 3 seconds shaved off at parkrun

Last week I discovered a great event for my weekly schedule called Parkrun. There are timed 5K runs/races all over the country every Saturday morning and it’s completely free to enter. You can find out more here. http://www.parkrun.com





The easiest one for me to get to is Finsbury Park. So I went along last week to give it a go as I’ve never actually timed myself at 5K distance. I ended up coming 3rd in 17 mins and 32 seconds.  There are a couple of hills on the course but I managed a sprint finish at the end almost crossing the line before Simon Freeman in second but he just held on.

My new racing trainers - light as a feather!

I was confident I could do better next time having experienced the course so I ran again this morning. It was an absolutely beautiful morning and I was breaking a sweat just walking up to the start area. Like last week there was a few of us who sped ahead at the start. I quickly settled into 3rd place though overtaking a couple of guys who started a bit too quickly. I was on my own  for the rest of the race until I came across the guy in front of me who had just stopped. So I sped past him and was well on my way. Until I had a complete brain freeze and didn’t know what direction to go in! I eventually worked it out from the marshal but must have lost a few seconds. I made up for it though with another sprint finish which took me over the line in 2nd place in 17:29, under  17 and a half minutes for the first time! I should mention that the guy who won finished in 16:02!!!

I would highly recommend Parkrun to anyone. Great way to test yourself at 5K distance, a great way to meet other people and a great start to a Saturday morning! For my Scottish friends there are events at Strathclyde Park, Pollok Park in Glasgow and in Edinburgh. There are several events in London.

26/06/10
Position: 2nd / 61
Time: 17:29 (PB)

19/06/10
Position: 3rd /79
Time: 17:32 (PB)


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