Camille Berriman: I’m looking forward to first parkrun

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A headline in last week’s Bury Free Press caught my eye: ‘Help needed to run the parkrun’.

I have been hoping a parkrun would come to Bury St Edmunds for some time and after the first Thetford event just weeks ago I did wonder if an event closer to home was on the horizon.

For the uninitiated, parkruns are free timed 5km runs held around the world, suitable for all abilities. And the ‘all abilities’ bit is crucial here. While I have been known to pull on my trainers for a gentle jog in the past, the days I did it on a regular basis are long gone. But I have wanted to get back into running for a while, so hearing parkruns would be starting at Nowton Park in May proved just the incentive to get me out the front door.

After reading Friday’s BFP I vowed that if the weather was bright on Saturday I would go for a jog. When I woke it was certainly bright. It was also snowing. Undeterred, I went for a 30-minute crawl around my estate, choosing secluded footpaths to ensure as few people as possible saw me huffing and puffing at a snail’s pace. In the event, it went rather well given how out of practice I am, even if I did arrive home looking like a dishevelled mad woman (and trapped in my jacket due to a jammed zip. I nearly had to ask my neighbours for assistance to free me). Then, while everyone was catching up on their bank holiday beauty sleep on Monday, I was out running again.

My aching thighs are testament to the fact some unused muscle groups have been tested already and there is every chance my enthusiasm could wane after this initial burst of energy. But I fully intend to be at the first parkrun… just don’t expect me to break any land speed records.

-- You will notice the Bury Free Press is launching Girls Night Out, St Nicholas Hospice Care’s annual women-only walk, on Page 16. If you have never taken part before, do think about signing up. Not only is it a fantastic event, but the money raised will help to support patients and families in West Suffolk and Thetford.