Home parkrun: Dulwich
Date of first parkrun: 11/8/2012
parkrun stats the time of this first blog post, 10/12/2012:
Total parkruns so far: 9
Number of other parkrun locations run so far: 1 - Oak Hill
Number of times volunteered: 2
See my parkrun athlete history for my current statistics.
I was born in the mid sixties and have a few partial memories of secondary school PE lessons including a 1500m, a cross country and another being convinced by my schoolmates that I shouldn't run the 400m in a house competition as another boy - whose name I don't remember, but whom I can still picture - was a much better runner. He was. Fortunately I listened! These though are one off memories. At school and in the years since it never occurred to me to take up running as a sport or pastime.
The latter half of 2010 was written off due to problems with my knees and 2011 I had a seriously debilitating bout of sciatica which resulted in me running only 18 miles that year! I started running again in late February 2012 and half remembered a weekly timed 5k that I'd heard about a few years before. Whether that was a parkrun I was remembering I don't know, but my searching on the net lead me to parkrun and specifically Dulwich parkrun which I've now adopted as my home event even if Crystal Palace parkrun is technically closer. Guess which is the flatter of the two?
I'm looking forward to 2013, setting new PBs across a range of distances and parkrun being a significant part of that.