This comes from Jack Rogers
I do have quite a long story which parkrun has been the centre of in helping me overcome some demons. This has immensely helped with my physical and mental well-being over the last 8 months. However, the story in a nutshell is below.
"I started running parkrun mid last year off the back of a suggestion from my boss Martin, who was a regular attendee. I had recently started doing some small runs on my own and had gained some fitness but I was by no means 'Fit'. My first parktun I finished in around 27 minutes. I wasn't a weekly attendee to start with but after a few months I managed to get my time down to around 24 minutes. I did stagnate initially at this time, but after some real needed lifestyle changes and a serge in motivation to run more, I got my time down to around 22/23 minutes on the run up to Christmas. Thereafter in the New Year I gave up smoking and I quite literally knocked 2 minute's off my parkrun time. This was after 1 week of packing in cigarettes. My PB is currently 21.11 and I'm hoping to do a sub 21 on my next run and a sub 20 within a month or so.
parkrun has turned into something I love and is something I really look forward to every weekend. It has helped me massively with my mental and physical health. I dare say I may have not even given up smoking without it.
Jack wrote this after last week's parkrun and you'll be pleased to hear he did break the 21minute target with a time of 20:49 at today's event. Won't be long before he breaks the 20min barrier!