Finding a Running Buddy: Suffolk Parkrun

Written by MiriamSpall on Friday, March 6, 2015 - 13:44

Suffolk Parkrun initiative:

There are a few places you can reach out to find potential running partners. You can start by trying the  “parkrun” initiative which runs in a few places in Suffolk. They are organized FREE, weekly 5km runs which take place at Christchurch park or Chantry park depending on the season, Kesgrave, Great Cornard & Bury St Edmunds every Saturday from 9.00am.

What I love about parkrun is that it caters to runners of all abilities and everyone is so friendly! As you can see from the photo loads of people show up on the day and there is an immense feeling of community spirit. There are volunteers cheering you on and making sure you stay on the right path and also photographers who take pictures of everyone’s efforts and post them on the parkrun Facebook page, and lets not forget the cake at the end of the run!

There are plenty of opportunities to find a running partner there. The advantage of buddying up at parkrun is you're more likely to find someone with the same ability as you as you go round. All you have to do is register  read the course description and remember you need to bring your barcode or you wont get a time! Click here if you have any more questions.

You can find the other courses around Suffolk and their Facebook Pages listed below. If you’d like to give  parkrun a go you can contact the organizers via their Facebook page or website.  They will be happy to guide you through if this is a new experience for you. Being a new runner I found the hill at Christchurch park a bit difficult to jog up to but the rest of the path was ok. What I like about it is that there is a relaxed atmosphere; you can go as slow or fast as you like. You can even walk if you feel you need to, is all about doing it at your own pace. Park run is always in search for volunteers if you are free or know of anyone that would like to help, please email :)

Adele Chaplin says:  “It truly is an amazing place and is the answer to everything! I found lifers at Parkrun, I've made friends there, it cheers me up when I'm feeling a bit down, it motivates me when I can't be bothered and it challenges me when I need it. There is support, friendship and much more. I started when I was very very inexperienced and have come on leaps and bounds, much much more than I ever would have on my own. People walk it, people run it, people walk/run it - it matters not - they are out, off the sofa and moving and that's a good thing!

 Ipswich park run : The event takes place in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 2BE from 10th January 2015 until March 28th 2015. Temporary course at Christchurch Park while Chantry Park recovers from saturated ground. They are also on Facebook Kesgrave Park run: The event takes place at Millennium Jubilee Hall, Millenium Field, Kesgrave, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP5 2EN. They are also in Facebook

Great Cornard parkrun  :The event takes place in Great Cornard Sports Centre, Head Lane, Great Cornard, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 0JU. They are in Facebook.

Bury St Edmunds park run: It's run in Nowton Park, Nowton Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5LU. They are also in Facebook.

Run for your Life Facebook group

Run for your life is a Facebook page run by a friendly bunch of Suffolk runners that exchange tips, information and experiences. Just do a post on their Facebook page to see if anyone runs local to your area, pace and distance and if you get a few replies then you can organize your very own group run! I wish I had known about this group before.

Suffolk SweatShop and Hare and Turtle run

You can also join SweatShop Beginner, Improvers and Intermediate run or Hare and Turtle runs. These are two friendly groups that get together during the week,

Both are very social runs, no one gets left behind and you'll meet plenty of new faces as well.

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