Saturday 7th March 2020

Penrith Parkrun report for Saturday 7th March 2020 by Paul Wilson

This week Parkrun celebrated female participation ahead of International Women’s Day on the 8th March. Out of the 362 runners, and walkers 11 women completed their first ever Parkrun. Holly Arnold, who completed her 7th Parkrun today shared Parkrun thoughts:

Why did you get involved with Parkrun?

Having decided to try running as a way to help look after my physical and mental wellbeing after having my daughters, I used the 'One You' couch to 5k app to gradually build up my fitness. Parkrun was a perfect target to aim for upon completing the program and having heard great things about it from family members, I set myself the challenge and decided to give it a go.

How easy or otherwise was it to get involved?

I was nervous about doing it at first as I wasn't sure whether I would be able to run 5k and thought I might get left behind, but I found the whole set up so easy to follow and so inclusive that those nerves quickly disappeared and I loved it. You really can just go at your own pace and there's so much support around the route that it's easy to keep going.

What has/does Parkrun do for you?

I'm amazed by how quickly Parkrun has helped me keep going and go further with my running. Seeing your times improve each week is a real confidence boost and it feels like a really safe environment to push yourself that little bit harder each time. I'm more motivated than ever to get out running between each Parkrun and see how much quicker I can go! A few months ago, that would have felt unimaginable to me.

What would you say to someone contemplating Parkrun?

Definitely give it a go, it really is for everyone. It's a great way to start the weekend and the atmosphere is amazing. And if that doesn't motivate you, there's an incredible array of cakes and hot drinks at the end!!

How do you feel before/after Parkrun?

Before Parkrun I usually feel quite tired and a bit frantic having been woken in the night by a hungry baby and having run the gauntlet of leaving the house at peak toddler dressing and feeding time. However, afterwards I always feel energised and pleased that I made the effort to go. It's great knowing that I can enjoy the rest of the day with my family safe in the knowledge that I've ticked off my exercise for the day.

Three things you love about Penrith Parkrun?

I really love how inclusive it is. There really are people of all ages and abilities coming together each week and supporting each other in doing something that's so good for us all.

I love seeing families coming together to take on a challenge. I see so many children each week running with their parents, as well as mums and dads being cheered on by babies and toddlers on the side-lines. My daughter has loved coming to cheer on not just her mum but her nana, great uncle and aunt as well! Hopefully, watching these things will help motivate and give her the confidence to be fit and active herself as she grows up.

It's a great way to start the weekend. Everyone is so positive and the atmosphere really lifts you up no matter what your week's been like. I love going home knowing I've done some exercise and feeling more energised to play with my kids and enjoy my weekend.

First home for the ladies was Amelie Marshall (19:28), Suzanne Smith with a new PB of 20:55 and Karen Bridge (20:58). Jonathan Cox was first home with a time of 17:21 followed by Ben Grayson (17:50) and James Grinbergs (18:48).

Other personal milestones (Parkruns completed) today were:

Junior runner Charlotte Bridson – 10

Richard Unwin – 50

Judith Robertson – 150

The blue and green vests of local running club Eden Runners were out in force today competing in their 3nd Parkrun Champs of 2020.

Everyone is welcome at Parkrun. It is a timed event and free to all. You don’t have to be fast or even run. Today’s times ranged from 17:21 to 46:22. You’ll never be left out on the course on your own. A volunteer “tail walker” is always last in. You can see a full list of times at:

Do come and join us soon and run, jog, walk or volunteer – and enjoy coffee, tea, cake and a wonderful atmosphere. For more information and to register see:

Report by Paul Wilson