Research shows that, across the world, women are less likely than men to take part in parkrun. We’re celebrating International Women’s Day at Northwich parkrun next Saturday 7th March.
Here’s a little more from our Event Director Amy about why....
“In January 2018, as I was approaching the end of maternity leave after having my second child, I found myself struggling with my mental health. I felt down and had lost a lot of my confidence and fitness during pregnancy and really needed a push to get myself out from under a cloud. I had previously suffered with depression and knew that running was my way out.
I saw an advert asking for someone to start up Northwich parkrun and immediately enquired.
I had never heard of parkrun or even ran one!!After meeting and discussing plans with the Event Director at the established Northwich Junior parkrun the wheels were in motion and I started to build a team.
With a lot of hard work, rainy Saturday mornings and commitment almost 2 years later, I couldn’t be more proud of what our team has achieved.
As a woman, at times I felt embarrassed to go out running, opting to head out in the dark hours in case someone saw me! I was scared to go along to some running groups in case I was too slow and holding others back.
Through parkrun I have realised these barriers don’t exist.
It doesn’t matter what pace you go at. Run, jog or walk. It’s about getting out there and taking part that matters. Finish lines not finish times.
It doesn’t matter what you think you look like. No one should feel ashamed or embarrassed to take part as everyone is so supportive and encouraging.
The thing I enjoy most about parkrun is volunteering; cheering people across the line; congratulating others on completing their first 5k or obtaining a personal best.
It’s really made a huge difference to my life not just physically but mentally. Now my son is asking for me to wake him up early so he can come along and give high-fives to the finishers! I’ve made so many friends through parkrun and changed my life for the better.
I hope by hosting IWD at Northwich parkrun, women will feel empowered to step outside their comfort zone and take part when they otherwise felt they couldn’t.”
So why don’t you bring a friend, family member or colleague on IWD? You never know.... you might just like it!