Lizzy Muggeridge has notched up 314 parkruns since she first started parkrunning in January 2010. She is also a former Highbury Fields parkrun Event Director, has volunteered 266 times at 164 events and has been featured in Runners World. Here's her story.
When & where did you start parkrunning?
I spectated at the very first Finsbury Park parkrun on October 31st 2009, as my friend Claire was running. It was another couple of months before I ran at a parkrun myself, on January 2nd 2010, again at Finsbury Park.
What prompted you to join parkrun?
Claire got me to go along to start with, but it took a while for me to get going myself as I’m not really a morning person!
What did you think after your first parkrun?
I fell over going up the icy hill in Finsbury Park, so it wasn’t the greatest experience! I didn’t go again for another 3 and a half months!
What’s your most memorable parkrun?
There really are so many! The first that comes to mind is when I got my all-time PB of 23:54 at Highbury Fields on December 12th 2015. I never dreamed I could ever run that fast and I hadn’t even planned it that day. And it got me in a Runner’s World article too! Other notable mentions are my 250th parkrun, timed to coincide with Stephen Hey's 250th parkrun and Martin Black's last day as Event Director.
Also memorable are all the anniversary runs and a couple of times when my running club, Mornington Chasers, staged volunteer takeovers - stressful to plan but so rewarding when it all came together.
What do you like most about parkrun?
I love the community, both at my home parkrun (Highbury Fields of course) and when I go somewhere where I don't know anyone. Everyone is so welcoming! And the fact that it’s free and accessible to everyone is so great too.
Volunteering at parkrun - your thoughts?
Speaking from my experience as an Event Director, I know that without volunteers there would be no parkrun! Volunteering is a great way to meet people, it’s very rewarding and it gives a totally different perspective from running.
How are you coping without parkrun?
I was disappointed at first, since I’d been planning to try and run 50 parkruns in a year and do a bit more parkrun tourism in 2020. But now I’ve got used to my Saturday morning lie-ins so it will be tough to give those up again. But I’m looking forward to parkrun coming back. I’ve done a few (not)parkruns but it’s not the same!