Parkrun is an organised 5km running event that takes place every Saturday morning at locations in Australia and around the world. If you don’t have time to train with a group during the week, this is a great way to run with others at least once a week. It’ll give you something to work towards and motivate you to train on your own during the week.
I was a bit nervous going along to my first Parkrun because I wasn’t sure what to expect. So what can you expect?
Park run is exactly what is sounds like. A group of people getting together on a Saturday morning to go for a run in the park. It’s all run by volunteers and they will be clearly marked. Go along and introduce yourself, they are very friendly.
Expect to see children and people pushing prams. It’s a relaxed, family environment.
What does it cost?
It’s free to take part but runners are required to register online in advance.
Who is it for?
Anyone from total beginners to seasoned professionals.
Where does it take place?
Parkruns are held all over world but to find one near you is simple. Search for Parkrun and your country website will come up. Search within your country for a location that is closest to you.
How far is Parkrun?
The total distance is 5km.
If you’re wondering “how many miles is a 5k run?” – 5 kilometres is 3.1 miles
How do I join Parkrun?
You need to register online at your country’s website. You will get a barcode, print out a copy (I printed a few and laminated them) and take it to every Parkrun for your time to be recorded. The results are all posted on the website within a few hours.
Why do Parkrun?
It’s the best way to start off your weekend. You’ll make new friends and it’ll keep you motivated to keep up your running during the week.
5 Parkrun Tips to Improve Your Running Time
- Start up near the front so that you don’t have to pass people – 5km isn’t very long and every minute counts. You don’t want to have to walk your way past slower runners if you don’t need to .
- Warm up
- About 30 mins before the run, do a light, 10minute jog
- Do some arm circles, shoulder circles and loosen up your neck.
- Do some walking in place and stretching out your legs
- Do some ankle circles and some knee circles
- Do some hip circles
- Listen to your body and loosen up anything is feeling tight
- Don’t start off too quickly
- Eat something before you run
Look out for Pacers for your ideal time at your Parkrun. (Not all Parkruns have pacers)
A pacer runs the 5km course in a set time, giving you an idea of what speed you need to go to complete the course in that time. It is an awesome way to learn how to pace yourself and to go for that PB.
I’m hoping this post was a helpful introduction for you. I’m excited to see how you go at your next Parkun. Please leave a comment below.