There is a well organized, timed 5k run that takes place in Finsbury Park every Saturday morning at 9am. It's free, but you have to register:
Beginners are not frowned upon, just trampled over, spat on and then laughed at in slow motion.
In all seriousness, it's a laugh and it does help push you a bit more being surrounded by other people. There are all sorts, once I did it and there was a bloke pushing a pram around and yeah, he beat me!
You see the course on the map there, have a couple of trial runs and then get involved as being timed really helps if you are trying to improve.
How many people are there normally?
Thanks for putting the link up. Me and her went on Saturday morning. There were 83 runners and although of varying ability I would say the pack is slightly skewed to 'not half bad' but I think this helps those of us in the bottom third of the table with something to aim for. It was well organised and a great way to start the weekend.
Will def be going again and I would encourage anyone to have a go.
@ADGS There's nothing to stop you from joining in if you're unregistered, but you won't get a time. If you register (for free) you get an account and you can see all your times and how much you improve over time. Quite useful really.
Unfortunately, last week, they dumped 14tonnes of manure in the middle of the course half way through. The physical obstruction wasn't the problem; it was the smell that did me.
@ missisclack - there are marshals and volunteers along the course. It's well marked out and plenty of people doing it to follow. Beginners are more than welcome and next week it's Park Run Free where everyone is encouraged to bring someone new. There's a bring and share picnic after also.
It wsan't such a problem for the runners - we were past it in a flash, and if anything swerving round it made the course a few metres shorter - but I couldn't believe people were having picnics right next to it at the weekend. The smell would have put me right off my pork pie.
Just a bump to this old thread to say the Park Run race is still going strong every Saturday with a healthy turnout. The volunteers who organise it week in week out are doing a wonderful job.
It is truly a triumph of the Big Society. Join in and I expect you'll make David Cameron proud.
I think I'd rather contend with a pile of stinky manure over the tons and tons of litter left by disgusting humans and their disgraceful picnicking habits every weekend.
Honestly, what is wrong with people!?
@sincers - the big society approach is that we should always ask people who have dropped/left litter to pick it up and dispose of it properly. One of the many things I do that gets me into arguments with strangers...
Perhaps a few signs threatening fines, after all littering is an offence.
A few high profile floggings would do the trick, I'm sure.
Oh hang on, maybe its their civil right to litter, the poor things.
Maybe if they just put in more bins, they are actually quite scarce in the park. There's no excuse for littering but maybe people would be more inclined to bin it if there is one in the vicinity, or if it's not overflowing?
I think not Misscara. I regularly see people throwing rubbish on the floor when they are standing next to a bin, smokers in particular seem like to throw their debris around. Maybe having the word 'litter' in several different languages might help as people really don't seem to understand the concept of bins.
Or take you litter home with you - its quite simple really.
I know that, and you know that, but when I was in the park yesterday and noticed all the rubbish laid around I did notice a distinct lack of bins. I'm just saying that if there were more maybe the rubbish would be less of a problem. I notice in some parks they have animal shaped bins which encourage the kids to use them. Unfortunately it seems to be the adults that are the problem, I observed a very large family a few weeks ago having a massive picnic and when they were packing up to leave a couple of the younger boys started putting their vast amount of rubbish in carrier bags but were told to just leave it by the elders as 'they have people to clean the park'. I've also noticed the hill between the tennis courts and Lidl seems to get littered with huge amounts of KFC waste. Perhaps a litter warden who could go around telling people to clear up or risk a fine would be a good idea. I volunteer to do this job, but only if I can have a high-voltage cattle prod to 'persuade' people.
If it's specifically weekday evening races you want, I'd recommend the Sri Chinmoy series in Battersea Park.
For casual local running, you could try the Heathside training sessions at the Finsbury Park track, as mentioned on the other thread. They are every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7pm. (Tuesdays are more popular.) In addition, Heathside organises steady runs (various different speeds / distances) leaving from the YMCA at 50 Tottenham Lane also on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
London Heathside is a very friendly local running club, all abilities welcome as it was formed by the merger of a serious athletics club with a less serious jogging club. Just pop along to try either session out. Annual membership is pretty reasonable at £35 if it suits.
Sorry can't not mention Synergy running club http://www.crouchendrunning.co.uk/
Its a lovely small club catering for all abilities, lots of older members, people with physical injuries etc. Its a very nurturing environment and the emphasis is on motivating each other to go out once or twice a week.
Its about £55 for 8 sessions, including a couple of personal assessments.
Just turn up on Wednesday night @ 7pm and say "I'm new" - ask for Sarra.
Crouch End 10k is on May 21st too.
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