Drink less wine, save more money, eat less chocolate? Nah.
It’s New Year’s resolutions time of year, and I’ve decided that 2016 will be the year of the parkrun. Which means I’ll be doing 52 parkruns in 52 weeks in 52 different places.
Parkruns are free, weekly, timed 5k runs, which take part every Saturday morning in hundreds of different parks across the UK and further afield. I’m already a big fan, having done my couch to 5k a couple of years back and taken part in a fair few parkruns since.
Although I’m a parkrun fan, I’m not really sure where my New Year’s resolution sits on the scale between ‘good idea’ and ‘big mistake’. I’ve been pondering it for a while, and a bit of background research (combined with a dash of optimism) tells me that it’s at least theoretically possible, so I thought best to go for it and find out.
As well as completing the 52 parkruns, I’ve got two big aims over the course of the year. These are:
- To raise as much money as possible for Alzheimer’s Research UK; and
- To encourage as many people as possible to take part in a parkrun.
Please do help out, either through sponsorship (see my Just Giving page), or by heading down to your local parkrun. For anyone who hasn’t done all that much running lately, 5k is a solid distance to work towards, making parkrun a great goal. Let me know if you’re planning to do a particular parkrun, and I’ll try to come along and join.