Rutland Water Parkrun Returns
For some people the return of the Rutland Water Parkrun this Saturday will not mean much. For others, you have been checking the Facebook page and website for updates daily, scouring the list of newly approved Parkruns in eager anticipation of your local run joining the list, reading that ‘not Parkrunday emails’ to get your fix. Parkrun is a community and a dedicated one at that.
For runners who attend the Rutland Water Parkrun, your wait is over. After months and months of solo running, Parkrun has reopened its doors (in line with government guidance) and running together can return!
If you’re new to this, there’s a bit more you need to know. Firstly, Parkrun is free and run totally by amazing volunteers. It’s a weekly timed 5k event where your only competition is yourself. They take place all over the world so visit Parkrun.com to find your local run. Rutland Water parkrun takes place at Rutland Water Reservoir, Normanton Road, Edith Weston, Oakham, LE15 8HD. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and 5 to 10 metres of firm grassy ground. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.
Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won’t hurt your time; it won’t stop you from getting a PB (personal best) and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event. Parkrun is open to all ages (under 11s must run with an adult), people with dogs, buggies, sprinters, joggers and walkers.
Because of the open-to-all atmosphere, competitive runners may find it difficult to track how they’re doing. Parkrun has the solution. All parkrun events use Age Grading to help park runners compare results.
Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people’s performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you – the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances – to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.
In order to receive a time for your run, you need to create a free login on the Parkrun website and download a free printable barcode. Take the barcode with you on the day and it will be scanned after your run. Your time and age grading statistics will then be emailed to you soon after you finish.
So, get out there and enjoy the sun. Happy Parkrunday!
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