It never occurred to me that the words ‘fun’ and ‘run’ should appear in the same sentence.
Nevertheless, I suspended my disbelief last Saturday and went along to Brueton Park to see what could possibly motivate a regular group of runners to get up on a Saturday morning to run five kilometres together. (That’s 3.1 miles in old money: I checked).
The sun was shining, and Spring was definitely in the air. Walking into the park I saw a white tent, where people were queuing to give in the times they had managed.
They didn’t look distressed or in pain but were chatting happily away.
All abilities are there, from good runners who completed in 17 minutes to 79 year old Charles, who took 47 minutes. Charles described it to me like this: ‘It’s all on the level, people run and/or walk together according to their abilities, and you get round almost without noticing it!’
Brueton parkrun happens every Saturday morning at 9am. It costs nothing, and you can just turn up, though you are advised to register online first to get your barcode which enables you to register easily on the day.
Parkrun is a volunteer based organisation, and Brueton parkrun has been going since last July. Started by Solihull Council, it was handed over to the runners to manage after five weeks. And manage it they do. There’s a proper finishing line, and you can chart your progress on the website.
And I’ve discovered something else. I enjoy running.
After years of telling myself I wasn’t built to run, I started very slowly, running one minute and walking a minute.
Now I can run for 15 minutes, and it truly does give your body a huge kick of pleasure and mentally and physically sets you up for the day.
So I’ve registered on parkrun.com, and will be joining the fun runners very soon. Why not give your weekend a real kick start and have a go?