My 3rd time doing this event, meaning I have started my 3rd year of ‘competing’ (aka turning up to run with a load of other runners) in races.
This year proved itself to be another good one. Having done a few races over the last 2 years I now recognise faces as well as make new friends. Many of whom were at this event so it was a fab opportunity to have a good old natter and catch-up. And me being me, got to know a few more.
The route this year took in most of the 2015 route but no off-road. Which was probably good as we’ve had a fair bit of rain recently so the ground would have been soft/soggy. I started out in the pen with the ladies from Fittbirds and remained pretty much step for step with one of them (Mary) for the duration of the race. Got another nice Tshirt and enjoyed my banana.
Gun time 50.32, Chip time 50.16, Overall 136/512, Female 18/199, Category FV45 7/58.
On 20 December 2014 I registered with ParkRun and got my barcode. Since then I’ve ‘been going to’ take part but somehow never actually managed.
That all changed on the 28 May 2016 when I dragged myself down to the Inaugural Stevenage ParkRun. Thought it had a nice ring to it me doing my first at an event first.
The route is on paths that have formed part of my regular stomping ground so knew the horrid bit (with the exception of the final uphill to the finish, that is not pleasant at all!!). I have managed to complete another two, both of those accompanied by my lovely hubby who took part in the event with me, a lovely bond there and it has kick started his running. Although he still hates it.
So far I am pleased with my times:
28 May – 23.54, 105/426, 10th female, 4th in VW50-54
6 June – 23.39, 64/272, 5th female, 1st in WV50-54
11 June – 23.18, 52/266, 6th female, 2nd in WV50-54