JogBelfast- Graduation Run at the Waterworks

A few weeks ago I talked about how I had started a free 10-week running programme called JogBelfast. (The original post is here)

It’s run by Belfast City Council and trains up non-runners, like myself, to get them from “Couch to 5K”.

10 weeks ago I could never have imagined running a full 5K (or 3 miles) without stopping; I could barely run one 300m-lap of the Girls Model track without having to stop and walk.

But, I’m delighted to say, that on Saturday I completed my first ever 5K Parkrun around the Waterworks in north Belfast! I made it!

I was never going to be the fastest runner…but I did it in 37.41 minutes! I had been doing around 40 minutes for the past few weeks, so was very pleased to do sub 38 minutes.

Granted, the fatest person out of the 300 runners on the day completed the race in 17.36 (!!)- but these guys are regulars, so I’m very pleased with my beginner mark. (Just last week someone completed their 200th Parkrun)

The Parkrun around the Waterworks is a lovely track, complete with swan ponds- although, I have to admit, I was more concerned with finishing than taking in the scenery!

A massive thanks to everyone from North Belfast Harriers who were so helpful and patient in training us over the past 2 months.

I’m not giving it up (you’ll be pleased to hear)- I’m doing my second Parkrun this Saturday! Can I shave off a few seconds and get a Personal Best?!

JogBelfast graduates before the run

Waterworks course

Wahoo- I did it! First Parkrun complete

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