This time last year, I ran my first parkrun. In the 51 Saturdays that followed, I ran 50 parkruns, each at a different venue, bringing my 2011 parkrun tally to 51 parkruns, 50 venues.
By the end, the relentless pursuit of new parkrun courses was taking its toll, and so to make sure that I continued to enjoy each and every parkrun that I visited, I decided to take part in the special New Year’s Day parkruns, repeating Bushy and Riddlesdown and breaking my nomadic streak.
But it turns out that in doing so, I find myself on a different type of streak. Because with Bedford (Fortnight Flo), Bushy (the world), Riddlesdown (blog7t) and Bromley (@zoecakes75 and @runningthetube), I am now on a streak of four parkruns with ‘athoner/blogger/parkrunner company, and I could make that a streak of five if Fortnight Flo and Jovial Gnome are game to join me at the new St Albans parkrun next week.
So, virtual community, will you invite me to your parkruns? I promise you it’s not a big commitment. A ‘hello’ at the beginning or a ‘goodbye’ at the end is really all that’s called for, though if you run your 5kms in anything between 28mins and 34mins, I’m happy to chat on the way round.
- Recovering from injury and in need of a slow and steady pacer? Insert Clever Running Pun Here will vouch for my services.
- Need an excuse to get to a parkrun for the first time? @Disjointedtales, @fortnightflo, @fairweatherrun or @zoecakes75 may offer up a reference.
- Want to show a soft-southerner what a real parkrun looks like? Follow in the footsteps of @knittingpenguin and @the_magathon and show off your northern hills.
- Also a bit of a parkrun tourist? Share your top tips like @jovialgnome?
Because, by this time next year, I would like to have earned my parkrun 100 club t-shirt and experienced the joy of parkrun volunteering. And a spot of company on the way would be great.