Well, it’s been two weeks so I thought another splash of parkrun news was due. I hope you’ve managed to stay well and get out and about for a little exercise in the last fortnight. The weather has been kinder lately, which is encouraging even if the emphasis on social isolation keeps us at arms length (and a little bit more) from one another.
If you’ve followed any of the parkrun social feeds, you may have seen some of the ingenious lengths people will go to in order to keep their parkrun addiction fed. There have been a number of inaugural events in people’s homes, typically with one marshal, one runner and a PB position as well as a PB time. A fair example below from the Wycombe Rye parkrun follows.
Alongside treadmill virtual 5km, you may have noticed a number of people running their Saturday morning 5km in their gardens/yards/driveways, and/or up and down their street. The UK COVID-19 lock down is certainly making things challenging there, but it’s wonderful to see the spirit of parkrun alive, kicking and innovating.
Here, my neighbours have been doing laps of their garden (they’re snowbirds in quarantine) so we decided to get with the programme. A 5km takes some careful counting of laps, or a good phone app, although we started with that in mind things rapidly evolved. If you fancy a little variety, I can recommend you add obstacles to your route/routine (we added a hula hooping station, a swing and a crazy dog for interest). I started off thinking it could be Canada’s first junior parkrun if we kept going long enough to clock 2km; now I’m wondering whether obstacles will catch on more permanently…
However, you spend your Saturday mornings during our no-parkrun period, I hope you stay healthy, connected and motivated. Keep calm and carry on.
Happy plodding, jumping, hula-hooping, skipping etc,