My parkrun Journey

Here are my 2018-2020 parkrun times.

My target is to run 5k below 30 minutes by 23rd March 2020, when I'm 55.

I also want my weight down to 10st 7lbs, from just over 12st.

I'm doing this because I want to maintain a habit of fitness as I get older.

That fitness habit idea came from a friend after he recommended that I read this book in 2012:

Younger Next Year

By the way, there's also a version of the book for women:

Younger Next Year For Women

I also have four informal goals:

  1. To run my 10th Parkrun on my 54th birthday at the end of March 2019 [Achieved]
  2. To run my 55th Parkrun on my 55th birthday at the end of March 2020 [I will do this at Bushy Park, where parkrun began, with the friend who got me into parkrun :-)]
  3. To have volunteered 25 times by my 55th birthday at the end of March 2020
  4. To have run at 10 different parkruns by my 55th birthday at the end of March 2020, with Bushy Park being the 10th.

parkrun Timings

1 – 6th October 2018: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=294

2 – 3rd November 2018: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=298

3 – 8th December 2018: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=303

4 – 15th December 2018: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=304

2019

5- 26th January 2019: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=311

My 5th Parkrun

6 – 2nd February 2019: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=312

7 – 9th February 2019: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=313

8 – 16th February 2019: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=314

9 – 16th March 2019: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=318

10th Parkrun
My 10th #parkrun this morning, beautiful weather and a personal best of 00:35:18 to celebrate my 54th birthday – aiming for sub 30 mins by the time I'm 55 🙂

10 – 23rd March 2019 [Birthday run!]: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=319

Birthday weight recording - 23rd March 2019, aiming to be 10:6 by 23rd March 2020.
Birthday weight recording – 23rd March 2019, aiming to be 10:6 by 23rd March 2020.

11 – 30th March 2019 [Market Rasen race course]: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/marketrasenracecourse/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=22


12 – 6th April 2019: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=321

13 – 13th April 2019: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=322

14 – 20th April 2019: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=323

15 – 27th April 2019: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=324

16 – 4th May 2019: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=325

Parkrun volunteer

17 – 11th May 2019: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=326

Weight

18 – 18th May 2019: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=327

19 – 25th May 2019: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=328

Morecambe Promenade parkrun June 2019

20 – 1st June 2019 [Morecambe Promenade]: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/morecambeprom/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=8

Note: Beat sub 30 mins target time for first time 🙂

Tip: I stayed at Westleigh, 9 Marine Road West, Morecambe, LA3 1BS for my parkrun there, booking via Booking.com [Note: This is my referral link]

It's directly opposite the start of the race and the perfect location if you're visiting as a parkrun tourist.

8th June 2019 [No run this week, I volunteered as a marshal!]

As I didn't complete a parkrun this week, I attended a local weekly running group on Thursday to run 5k there – I liked it so much I will also do this every week that I am available over summer.

parkrun marshall

21 – 15th June 2019 [Crichton parkrun in Dumfries]: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/crichton/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=74

A second sub-30 minute time of 29:49

Crichton, Dumfries parkrun June 2019

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22 – 22nd June 2019 [Ayr parkrun]: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/ayr/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=216

Ayr parkrun

Tip: While we were in Alloway – where the parkrun in based – we stayed in an AirBnB apartment which is perfectly located. [Note: This is my referral link]

It's just a 5 minute walk from the parkrun location, if you're doing some parkrun tourism.

Just do an AirBnB search for Brig O Doon apartment, South Ayrshire.

22 – 29th June 2019: I volunteered [3rd time] and ran [23rd time] in Carlisle this week: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=333

As well as getting a Carlisle PB time of 30:55, I've hit my first big weight goal … I'm now below 11 stone in weight, that's a really crucial psychological threshold for me 🙂

The first time below 11 stones – hurrah!

23 – 6th July 2019: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=334

Run brief duties
Volunteering for the run brief at Carlisle on 6th July 2019

24 – 13th July 2019: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/penrith/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=273

I ran at Penrith for the first time today and achieved a new personal best of 28 mins and 36 seconds.

My target by age 55 is a sub-30 running time, but I have to get that time at my local Carlisle run, there's no cheating with the faster times I can get at flat courses like this one 🙂

Penrith parkrun

25 – 20th July 2019 – no parkrun this week! 

I had a 9am hospital appointment, but did manage to squeeze in my 5th volunteering session.

Also, a local running group were running a 24-hour 5k relay, so I ran the first lap on Saturday 20th and the last lap on Sunday 21st.

Here's some photo evidence:

Eden Valley Hospice sponsored 5k relay
Eden Valley Hospice sponsored 5k relay

26 – 27th July 2019 – Portobello parkrun in Edinburgh: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/portobello/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=219

The wettest parkrun ever, but a brilliant run.

Another sub-30 time at 29:09

Portobello parkrun

Target reached!

27 – 3rd August 2019 – https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=338

Got a new PB at Carlisle and smashed my sub-30 mins by March 2020 target 🙂

New target is 25 mins by March 2020.

Scales

28 – 10th August 2019 – Ran at Market Rasen today and got a new PB of 27 mins 17 seconds – I also managed to get my wife out on a run for the first time and my mum joined in for part of the route:

Market Rasen parkrun

29 – 17th August 2019 – A 2nd sub-30 time 🙂 We ran the 5-lap course this week – which means 5 x the hill at the end of the loop – so a bit slower this time around: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=340

30 – 24th August 2019 – a 3rd sub-30 time: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=341

31 – 31st August 2019 – a new PB, by 1 second 🙂 https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=342

New personal best time

32 – 7th September 2019 – a new PB: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=343

Also my 10th volunteering day – in wellies:

parkrun volunteer

Also, getting very close to that weight goal:

Weight goal

Tuesday 10th September – my first time trial with a local running club – which includes a VERY big hill! https://www.dhrunners.org/events-1/dh-runners-5k-time-trial/Sep-2019-Results

33 – 14th September 2019 – Blackpool parkrun: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/blackpool/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=133

Stanley Park is a superb location for a parkrun, lovely place 🙂

Blackpool parkrun

34 – 21st September 2019 – New PB of 27:18: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=344

35 – 28th September 2019 – Keswick parkrun: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/keswick/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=278

Target reached!

Six months ahead of schedule, I hit my weight goal 🙂

36 – 5th October 2019 – Victoria Park, Glasgow.

New PB of 26:19!

Victoria Park Victoria Park

Anniversary! 1st year of parkrun on 6th October 🙂

parkrun anniversary

37 – 12th October – back at Carlisle in the 5-lap winter course … that means 5 hills 🙂 https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=347

38 – 19th October – very cold in Carlisle this morning, I wish I'd brought gloves! https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=348 A new PB on the 5-lap course, which is harder than the 3-lap course which we run throughout the drier months.

39 – 26th October – I remembered gloves this week and seeing as I'm now doing so much running, I've ordered some winter running gear from https://www.sportsshoes.com . Nothing to report with my timings this week: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=349

I've now switched to daytime runs now the clocks have changed as I'm not a fan of running in the dark.

I tried out my first run at the Watchtree Nature Reserve this weekend – I'll be back!

Watchtree Nature Reserve

40 – 2nd November – just enjoyed a gentle run around and a chat this morning 🙂 https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=350

I finally invested in some winter running gear this week – I just became ‘middle-aged Lycra man 🙁

Winter run gear

parkrun 40 completed!

Volunteering stint 15 completed!

41 – 9th November – new PB at Carlisle 🙂 https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=351

42 – 16th November – forgot to eat breakfast before the run today! Sneaked off to the shop before 9am to buy a Snickers bar 🙂 https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=352

43 – 23rd November in Chester – a VERY muddy run! https://www.parkrun.org.uk/chester/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=174

Chester parkrun

30th November in Carlisle, on the coldest day of the year so far! I was intending to run at Tyne Park, Hexham, but the event was cancelled because of the course being too icy: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=354

45 – 7th December in Carlisle – https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=355

14th December – no parkrun this week as I've been holidaying in Spain and running along the beach every day out of six days:

Benidorm parkrun

46 – 21st December – Lincoln: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/lincoln/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=305

Lincoln parkrun

47 – Christmas Day in Carlisle: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=358

Christmas Day parkrun

48 – Saturday 28th December in Carlisle: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=359

2020

49 – Wednesday 1st January 2020 [Run 1] in Carlisle: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=360

Target reached!

parkrun 50 completed!

50 – Wednesday 1st January 2020 [Run 2] in Penrith: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/penrith/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=298

Penrith New Year parkrun Penrith New Year parkrun

 

50 T-shirt

51 – Saturday 4th January 2020 – in Carlisle:https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=361

50th T-shirt arrives!

50th parkrun

52 – Saturday 11th January 2020 – Penrith

n a wet and windy day: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/penrith/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=300

January 2020 parkrun

53 – Saturday 18th January 2020 – Tyne Green, Hexham https://www.parkrun.org.uk/tynegreen/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=38

54 – Saturday 25th January 2020 in Carlisle – https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=363

55 – Saturday 1st February 2020 in Carlisle – https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=364

56 – Saturday 8th February 2020 in Carlisle- https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=365

Target reached!

Volunteer 25 completed!

25 t-shirt

57 – Saturday 15th February 2020 in Carlisle – https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=366

58 – Saturday 22nd February 2020 in Carlisle – https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=367

59 – Saturday 29th February 2020 at Prudhoe – https://www.parkrun.org.uk/prudhoeriverside/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=170

60 – Saturday 7th March 2020 in Workington – https://www.parkrun.org.uk/workington/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=346

61 – Saturday 14th March 2020 in Carlisle – https://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=370

parkruns cancelled from Saturday 21st March 2020

parkrun Birthday Goals

By end March 2020:

  • 50 x parkruns [+ t-shirt] Achieved
  • 25 x volunteer stints [+ t-shirt] Achieved
  • 10st 7lbs or less – photo evidence! Achieved
  • 15 x parkrun tourism locations Achieved

Weight at 55

Miscellaneous 2021 Lockdown Running Pix

Solo running from this date, including a 55th birthday run with my wife:

Paul & Fran running

Watchtree Nature Reserve

Charity run in Carlisle

Watchtree Nature Reserve 5k & 10k series

Watchtree Nature Reserve

Benidorm beach

Beach run in Benidorm

Torrevieja run

My morning run in Torrevieja

Great North Run December challenge

12 x pre-Christmas runs, December 2020

December medal

My December 2020 medal

San Silvestre run number

My San Silvestre run number for December 31st 2020

Paul Teague San Silvestre

My first San Silvestre run on 31st December – managed to get my time below 30 mins once again 🙂

Paul & Fran San Silvestre

I ran the course a second time with my wife who earned her race first T-shirt forcompleting the 5k.

2021 challenge

My first virtual challenge of 2021

My running year in Strava

My year in Strava

January Accumulator Challenge

My completed January 2021 challenge 🙂

January medals

My January run medal – which doubles as a fridge magnet!

My completed February 2021 challenge :-)

My completed February 2021 challenge 🙂

February 2021 medal

My February 2021 medal

March 2020 certificate

My March 2021 run certificate

April run certificate

My April 2021 run certificate

Watchtree 5k 2021 Watchtree 5k 2021 Watchtree 5k 2021

My first run among PEOPLE in 2021 – this was run 1/4 at Watchtree Nature Reserve

Watchtree 2020 medals

These are my medals from the 2020 Watchtree runs – due to Covid I completed 3 x solo runs on the reserve and the final 5k in Spain

May run

My final run certificate before parkrun, group runs and Watchtree runs resume 🙂

parkrun is BACK 2021!

62 – Saturday 24th July 2021 in Morecambe – https://www.parkrun.org.uk/morecambeprom/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=51

 

63 – Saturday 31st July 2021 in Penrith – https://www.parkrun.org.uk/penrith/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=311

64 – Saturday 7th August 2021 at Market Rasen  –

65 – Saturday 14th August 2021 at Crichton  –

66 – Saturday 21st August 2021 at Carlisle [Tailwalker] –

67 – Saturday 28th August 2021 at Lancaster –

68 – Saturday 4th September 2021 at Carlisle –

69 – Saturday 11th September 2021 at Carlisle –

70 – Saturday 18th September 2021 at Carlisle –

71 – Saturday 25th September 2021 at Carlisle – 

parkrun tourism 2021 aspirations

Preston, Whitley Bay, Barrow, Whitehaven, Cleeththorpes and more 🙂

Want to find out more about parkrun? Check out Jessica's parkrun heroes: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoeMsRMBXw6tSLMOaz-V6Vk8bOl_gI3rb

Average 5k run times: https://www.runnersworld.com/uk/news/a27814981/average-5k-10k-time-uk/

Five ways to improve your 5k run time: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jun/23/five-ways-to-improve-your-5km-run-time

Running extras

1) Sunday 5th January 2020 – ran 5k with coaching and achieved 26m 37s … my fastest time to date was 26m 19s:

Me with Andrew Carter