I’ve been a bit of a parkrun tourist since coming home from Vietnam and have been using the free, weekly 5k events in order to try and get some race fitness back.
It’s now eight and a half years since the first parkrun in Scotland was established in Pollok Country Park and since then the number of events has increased, spreading throughout the country. There are now 30 parkruns in Scotland and six in Glasgow alone.
Whilst it is goodto support your local event, it’s also good to visit others. As mentioned in a previous posting, running different routes is a good way to keep your mind active. For me, it’s also a good way of catching up with friends and running buddies and to make a few new ones too.
The idea was not to chase PBs but to use the parkruns as a way of getting Jack his Saturday morning exercise and to help build up my fitness. That said, we did have a wee bit of success too, placing the first MV55 at our home course of Pollok on 13th May 2017.
A fortnight later we visited the newest one in the city, Ruchill which was staging its seventh event, where we managed to place seventh overall and first MV55. It was another newbie for us the next week, 3rd June when we navigated back over the Clyde to Drumchapel. We were aiming for a low-key run but, as luck would have it, it was the first anniversary of the event and a much larger turnout than we had anticipated were there, which gave us the opportunity to catch up with even more friends and running buddies.
The other competitor in Glasgow’s hardest parkrun is Tollcross and we marshalled at the east end event on the 10th June, the day after my birthday.
The next week we returned to Springburn for my fourth, and Jack’s second, running of the North Glasgow two and a half lap course. We managed my highest ever placing, finishing in 12
The next week we returned to Springburn for my fourth, and Jack’s second, running of the North Glasgow two and a half lap course. We managed my highest ever placing, finishing in 12th place overall. With the appearance of fellow oldies, Garscubes’s Alexander Chisholm and Cartha’s Tony Quinn, the third MV60 is the best that I could hope for and so it was to be.
We returned to Pollok Park on 24th June but this time just to support the runners. They’ll be no parkrun for us on the 1st July either as my attention turns to doing something else that I’ve never tried before, a duathlon. A 5k run, 20k cycle and another 5k run. I hope the weather is kind. Wish me luck or even join me, it’s at Gourock Pool at 9:30 on Sunday 2nd July, I’m assured that it will be low key and free.