50th Parkrun

50 Parkruns is the first milestone Parkrun for adults (kids also hit a milestone at 10 Parkruns and all my kids have got their 10 Tshirt). It is marked by earning a red Parkrun 50 Tshirt and, at our Parkrun at least, you get your name read out by the run director and a round of applause before the run.

At our Parkrun, there are a lot of runners with their red 50 Tshirts and I’ve been looking forward to getting mine for a long time. Way back last autumn, I worked out that I would most likely get it this autumn. In the summer it looked like I was on target to get it in the early autumn, but things get in the way – like going on holiday and my son’s rugby matches. I’d also forgotten that I’d miss a few Parkruns to train for the half marathon. But I did get it done in the autumn – just.

I’d managed to string together four consecutive Parkruns, which was my best consecutive run since May and June this year, and on 19th November, just under 18 months since my first Parkrun, I finally hit my 50 Parkruns.

I was insistent that we would arrive on time and that we would stand close enough to the run director to hear the announcements properly! I was very pleased that my mum and dad came along, especially to celebrate it with me. They’ve been walking Parkrun a bit, but weren’t taking part that day. My younger son didn’t have rugby for once, but couldn’t run as he’d lost his trainers (typical!), so he came along just to listen too. My daughter had warned me I wasn’t to jump up and down and say ‘woo!’ or anything embarrassing.

There’s usually two or three 50s read out a week, as our Parkrun is quite an established one with about 400 runners a week. My name was called out first and I calmly waved and smiled. I got a little clap and my daughter’s friend’s family gave me a cheer. And then it was time to run!

Of course, the dream was to beat my PB. I’d come within two seconds of it only two weeks before, so could I do it on my 50th?

I started it off at a good pace, but the air was cold in my lungs (runners will know what I mean when I say this) and the grass was extremely slippy. I was running well, but felt my time was going to be closer to 24 minutes than 23, despite my best efforts.

I had a final push at the end, but it wasn’t quite enough for the dream.

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I finished in a very respectable 23 minutes and 38 seconds. I was 94th out of 379 runners, was the ninth female across the line and first in my age category. I’m happy with that and I’m very happy to have hit my 50 Parkrun milestone.

The next milestone is 100 runs and a black Tshirt. I’d thought I might hit that by next Christmas, but I think realistically it’s more likely to be spring 2018. Then it’s 250 and then 500.

I wonder if I’ll ever get to 500? Considering it’s taken me 18 months to reach 50 Parkruns, that will take me 15 years! I’ll keep you posted.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. A huge well done on your 50 runs. It’s such a huge achievement and I bet so many must drop out after a few runs. Now onto the next 50!!

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    • Thanks very much! There are a lot of people who get to 50, but there are certainly a lot that do 10 or 15 and then give up too. Hopefully I might make it to 100 a bit quicker, but things always crop up to stop me!

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  2. That is such an amazing achievement, you should be so proud of yourself. I don’t know if my son made it to 10, he loves them but has been plagued with injuries this rugby season and hasn’t been able to do much running.

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    • Thanks very much! Poor boys and injuries – my younger son is the same, injuries are never too far away! Sadly I think it’s possible to do too much sport when they’re growing and it leaves them vulnerable to injury.

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  3. That is fantastic and so inspirational. I really want to get back into running soon and reading your post now makes me want to do it for the t-shirt! I didn’t realise that were milestones to achieve. What an amazing time too!

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    • Thanks very much! I’m proud of my time! It took me a while to get below 24 minutes, but I always run at that pace now (unless I’m running with my daughter of course!). Parkrun is a great way to get back into running.

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  4. That’s a brilliant achievement, well done! An awesome time too, I might work on my 5k over the winter as I’m taking a bit of a break from distance, then I can come and race you 😉 I’m not running at the moment, trying to shake a ridiculous cough so I need something to work towards when I manage to get going again.
    Nat.x

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    • Thanks very much! I hope you can come over and run with me one day. I guess I’m taking a bit of a break from long distance too! I’ve run six miles a few times this month, but it seems to have a negative effect on me, so I should just stick with three and four mile runs. Hope your cough is better soon! x

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  5. Well done on making 50. I think that is an amazing achievement. It is really hard to fit things in when you have family stuff to do and places to be.

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    • Thanks very much! It is hard to fit in sometimes. Generally it takes priority on a Saturday morning, but so does my son’s rugby, so we have to balance it out a bit!

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  6. Oh well done and I know I have said it before but you are such an inspiration. That is a really good time. I am struggling with the cold air on my lungs at this time of year – but I don’t like the heat either.

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    • Thanks very much! It is hard to run in both heat and extreme cold. I read that the ideal temperature for running is 11 degrees. There’s a reason why running events tend to be in either March and April or September and October – they’re the only times of year when you can pretty much guarantee there won’t be extreme weather one way or the other!

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  7. Congratulations! You have achieved amazing results!
    I wish i could run – just need to make that first step dont i?!

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    • Thanks very much! Yes, just take the first step and build up gradually! 🙂

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  8. awesome stuff – well done! 50 runs shows such commitment and drive. All the best with the next 50 – it can only get easier. xx

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    • Thanks very much! I’m very committed to my Parkruns! The only thing hard about them is fitting them around whatever the kids are doing 🙁 x

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  9. Well done, 50 park runs is really quiet an achievement!

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    • Thanks very much! I’m very pleased to have reached my 50 🙂

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  10. What an amazing achievement lovely. Incredible and so proud of you x

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    • Thanks very much! That’s such a lovely thing to say 🙂 x

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  11. Wow! Well done you, 50 park runs is amazing – I’d be happy to just do one at the moment x

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  12. 50 parkruns is amazing Sarah and you should wear your red tshirt with pride. Loved that you were warned not to get too carried away when your name was read out, kids eh lol. Massive achievement and you should be very proud x

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