Phil and I did this 5K race in Middlesbrough. These time trial races take place every Saturday at 9.00 and they are free, all you have to do is register online once at www.parkrun.com and you can attend any of them (two are abroad). The Albert Park route is two and a half times round the park and its pretty flat. I went down to it twelve times last year and it was quite a small event with about fifty or so runners. This was my first time this year and I was surprised to find 133 finishers with times ranging from 12.59 (a wheelchair participant) to 38.24. It’s well marshalled, friendly and efficient – results and photos are on their web site the same day. Once you have registered online, you just turn up and run, there is no faff with race numbers, you are given a tag at the end and hand it in giving your name. Phil did a great time so soon after his exploits on the Highland Fling. I was nursing a sore leg.
* Wheelchair athlete.