Park Run

The sweat is stinging your eyes, your lungs are bursting and your legs feel like one of those Hartley Jellies Mum used to make. After 5k you collapse over the line,  a gasping, sweating, wobbly mass that was previously a human being.

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So why is is Park Run so popular? We are a herd animal, or is that horses? I forget. But anyway look at the towns; we all live on top of each other and I mean close together not what your thinking 😉 A new fashion comes out and we all want it, Apple, Dyson, Sky, (that’s Media, not the big blue thing) Donald Trump (ooops!) Brexit, oh okay maybe not all of us, but you get the jist. If we aren’t following what everyone else does then we feel left out, so it’s natural that as more people take to the Park Run then more people will want to? I’m generalising when I say ALL and of course you have to consider the feel good factor that you get when all those endorphins are released coupled with wanting to improve your health and body tone 😉

But where did it come from? The short version is Paul Sinton-Hewitt on 2 October 2004 at Bushy Park in London with some friends decided to have a 5k timed run. The whole essence is community, you can run, jog, walk, take the kids, a pushchair or the dog. It’s free and it’s timed, with the results emailed to you. Last week in the UK, 15 years after that first run there were: 599 Park Runs with 155,236 parkrunners and 13,189 volunteers. If you tie that to the Couch to 5k initiative (another story) It’s no wonder some GP’s are recommending both. Paul Sinton-Hewitt must be saving the Health Service a fortune! A few weeks ago at my local Park Run, the City of Hull Athletic Club brought 68 Couch to 5k runners down. These were 68 people of all ages who had never run before completing the 9 week programme. So, if you feel a little down, if you want a bit of self esteem and if you want to run with the herd 😉 Take a look, you never know what you can do until you try xxx

About charliecountryboy

Carpenter and Carpentry Lecturer. Writer, 5k and 10k runner, musician. Curious about life and all those wonderful people in it.
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37 Responses to Park Run

  1. Watt says:

    There is a journal like familiarity and intimacy to your work and with substantial author flair to push it beyond basic goodness. I’m glad to eb able to read and like your work. Honestly, its a pleasure. ☺

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  2. Hahaa..the first picture so awesome Charlie..sorry just kiddimg my broo..Gbu..

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  3. You’re welcome .

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  4. How nice that you’ve found a hobby that isn’t life-threatening, yet still makes a great post. Thanks for writing.
    Barbara

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  5. This is awesome!!!! 💚 💙 💜

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  6. Invisibly Me says:

    I’d never even considered where the ‘park run’ thing came from so that made for interesting reading. I do like the whole ‘coach to 5k’ thing to appeal to more people and gently ease those doing it into more exercise and then running by the end of it. I think the community spirit is one bonus but it’s that sense of achievement that is incredible. I say this, but I’ve only done a 5K once, many years ago before my body fell apart, but it was a great feeling at the end and to know everyone there helped raise so much for charity is fantastic.
    x

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  7. Never knew it started in England.. very popular in South AFrica..

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  8. Ana Daksina says:

    I wasn’t thinking that. Much.

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  9. Carolyn Page says:

    Wow – Great figures there, Charlie; super really!
    I truly appreciate what is happening in the world re fitness and health. In the land of ‘dance’ we are seeing an influx of people wanting to get fit, and enjoy a bit of togetherness. Hurrah for society – there is HOPE! Hahah…
    Good one Charlie…

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  10. PERKY says:

    This was Awesome Charlie and when the run is for charity even pain can’t drag your confidence down.

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  11. Great article Charlie!

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  12. etiliyle says:

    💞💞💞💞

    Like

  13. ilonapulianauskaite says:

    GOOD AFTERNOON, it was good to know something more about you🙂148

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  14. Good on ya, Charlie!

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  15. sheqoz.com says:

    Nothing is as good as giving. Running is great for health benefits too. I like that feeling you get from pushing the body to workout ❤

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  16. laurarjay says:

    Great article! I still have yet to run a 5k, I would like to do one later this year to see what it’s like. Here’s reviews for the three races I have done https://262.run/category/race-recaps/

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