Meeting new people

One thing I’ve realised while I’ve been running is that it opens up many opportunities to meet new people. If it wasn’t for running I wouldn’t have met some of my closest friends and wouldn’t have run in some of the amazing events that we have completed together.

Last week I attended my first Start Me Up For Durham event that was held in Jubilee Park in Spennymoor. These are great sessions that are aimed at supporting people on their journey to running one of the events at the Durham City Running Festival. They are free but most importantly they are for all abilities and very inclusive.

The session was about an hour long and included a gentle warm up, some drills to improve your running technique and then a fun game to finish the session with. I didn’t know anyone else that was going along but everyone was friendly and inclusive. If you haven’t tried one of these sessions I recommend you go along and give it a go. The next one is on 20th June in Durham. If you can, I would recommend coming along.

I’ve been looking at what events I can take part in over the Durham City Run Festival. I am already signed up for the 10k but could possibly enter the Run Like a Legend or convince my niece or nephews to join me at Paula’s Families on Track event.

My training for the 10k is coming along nicely and I ran the Blaydon Race earlier this week. I was just slightly quicker than last year so I’m claiming the PB and not mentioning that the course was about ½ a mile shorter! I’m aiming to get some more runs in before the event and might start practising my hill sprint for the final part of the 10k route!

-Mark @possiblerunner

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