100 parkruns


Saturday I did my 100th parkrun.

I did my first one on 2 February 2011, at Finsbury Park. Four years 10 months to do 100 parkruns is not a great achievement on the face of it. In my defence, back in 2011 I lived in an area where the nearest run was a 45 minutes away. Too far for me to go just for a 5k.

The 13 October 2012 I did my second parkrun, this was the inaugural Southend one, a little more local but not one I would want to travel to every week. Not the most scenic of routes and dodging dog *** is  not my idea of fun.

Fast forward to 5 January 2013, the move to Devon meant a weekly parkrun was doable-yay. That first run saw me on the start line with Olympian Jo Pavey! The finishing time was APPALLING. The mud was also appalling. Being a city girl I had never seen mud like it before and certainly never run in it. Oh and the hills, they were a shock to my system. So on reflection 100 parkun runs in almost three years is not so bad.

300 miles, 300 parkrun miles. Would I have run 300 miles, without parkrun? Yes quite possibly. Would I have enjoyed them as much? No. Would I have overcome by mud dodging ways? No. Would I have run as hard on a run on my own? No.

Safe to say parkrun has, like so many of us, transformed my Saturday mornings. It is such a shame the next shirt is three years away or at the rate I do them, five years, but on the upside by then I will be in another age bracket!

About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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19 Responses to 100 parkruns

  1. Well done, Sharon 🙂
    It’s taken me just as long but to run my 50th on Saturday just gone…and the lad did his 10th.

    I reckon we’d run twice as much if we lived in Devon too!

  2. sudebaker says:

    Congratulations! Very inspiring 🙂

  3. mawil1 says:

    Congratulations! 100 park runs is an achievement, let’s face it if you went every week it would take 2 years, so 3 isn’t bad at all! Wear that shirt with pride!!

  4. oscardiamond says:

    Well done. That’s a substantial commitment to running. My wife did her 100th parkrun last Saturday too. Celebrations all round!

  5. runtezza says:

    Well done on the ton, I have yet to do one!

  6. momof3 says:

    I am so jealous of the Parkrun program, and congrats to you on your 100th! Huge accomplishment!

  7. Yay for parkrun, yay for one close by and big enormous YAY for Shaz! 100 parkruns! woot woot!

  8. Steph says:

    Woo! Well done you! 🙂

  9. Well done – that’s a great achievement.

  10. fundabolt says:

    Its a great achievement getting to your 100th. That’s half a million metres you know! And in another 50 parkruns you can just upcycle your red 50 t-shirt and iron on a 1 in front. Worked for me!

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