Parkrun Fun In Gedling

On Saturday mornings we like to travel around different parts of Nottinghamshire and beyond. Finding somewhere fun for our morning family runs. When my husband has a morning off work that is!

We love to try out different Parkrun courses. We are really lucky to have a variety of Parkrun’s that we can go to. This way we never get fed up just going to the same one. Some are flat and fast, some hilly, all challenging!!

On Saturday morning we can all decide if we want to run through the woods, run up hills or try and get a new PB.

A few weeks ago my Husband found us a new one to try out. Gedling Country Park. We all love this one but it is very challenging. Two long hills and one really short steep hill. Wow though, when not gasping for breath, What lovely views.

My Daughter woke up feeling poorly. She wrapped herself up and said she was not doing Parkrun.

Does this look the face of someone poorly or someone who did not want to run up the hills? Lol.

Somehow once the race was done, she felt loads better. Think she wanted to stop with her big Brother who was home from Uni that day. She enjoyed cheering us on instead.

Mollie came with us.

This is the first hill.

Who wants to run a nice flat fast Parkrun course when you can have this fun and challenging course?

May have been my slowest Parkrun time ever, but it was so much fun!

Nice long hill anyone?

Youngest Son making this hill look easy peasey!?

My face shows how much pain this hill was.


Yeah. Some downhill.

How much do I like downhill running!?

My youngest Son sprinting to the finish line, again making it look easy.

Then 8 minutes behind my Son, here I am!

Huffing, puffing and moaning at my Husband who kindly paced me round..

Running never gets any easier does it!?

Have you ever tried Parkrun? It is a free friendly run every Saturday 09.00. A timed 5km. Or in lots of places, there is a kids only 2km every Sunday 09.00. There will be one near you, check it out!!


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  1. Would Like To Be a Yummy Mummy
    May 28, 2016 / 7:38 am

    I keep meaning to join in with our park run but haven't made it yet. I have however, just been out running after dropping the girls at school. Looks like a difficult run here but so good for the whole family #countrykids

    • Clairejustine oxox
      May 28, 2016 / 10:22 am

      Thank you lovely, I bet you girls would love it 🙂 I really like the ones on Sunday for the little ones as they are not to far 🙂

  2. Coombe Mill
    May 28, 2016 / 8:30 am

    Parkruns always look like fun whenever you share them on here, unfortunately I can never make them with our changeover being a Saturuday. This park run looks like it was definitely a challenging one, but those views look fab. It looks like overall you all had a fab time at the new route. Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      May 28, 2016 / 10:24 am

      Thanks for hosting and stopping by Fiona. Aww yes it would be hard to get out on Saturday and do one. Pity they didn't do them on another day too!

  3. Island Living 365
    May 28, 2016 / 9:44 am

    I keep meaning to do park runs but finding excuses! That looks like a fab course and I can see that mixing it up and finding new courses is the key to staying motivated. Well done on completing what looks like a challenging course!! 🙂 xx #countrykids

    • Clairejustine oxox
      May 28, 2016 / 10:25 am

      Thank you. Yes this one is the toughest one we have been to yet. Also fun 🙂 I hope you get to try one soon..

  4. Chilling With Lucas
    May 28, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Well done to your family! I couldn't imagine me or D ever getting up saying let's go for a run haha although we do make sure we go for walks to get Lucas into the habit of exercise x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      May 29, 2016 / 9:04 am

      Hehe, thanks lovely. Running never gets any easier 🙁

  5. Tamar SB
    May 28, 2016 / 11:56 am

    What a gorgeous place! Well done all of you!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      May 29, 2016 / 9:07 am

      Thanks Tamar 🙂

  6. beautyqueenuk
    May 28, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    Well done you for joining in and jogging, I am not built for jogging but so many of my friends do it and just love it x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      May 29, 2016 / 9:14 am

      Thank you lovely. I hate running but I love food, ha! I have been putting weight on a little now so I am trying to get back out running more 🙂

  7. Helena Ashworth
    May 28, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    I've not heard of parkrun before but then I'm more of a couch potatoe 😉 #CountryKids

    • Clairejustine oxox
      May 29, 2016 / 9:22 am

      Thanks Helen 🙂

  8. Nat Jones
    May 29, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    I've heard alot about parkrun but have never been brave enough to try….to be fair I'm not sure i'm fit enough for 5k at the moment lol!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      May 29, 2016 / 4:27 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Nat. Parkrun is lots of fun and very encouraging 🙂

  9. Ivana Split
    May 29, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    I have never tried Park run but it seems a fantastic thing to do. You have a lovely family…so cool you're all running together!!!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      May 29, 2016 / 4:27 pm

      Aww, thank you Ivana 🙂

  10. ana de jesus
    May 29, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    I don't know about fun but it looks like a great, invigorating run, well done for completing the run x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      May 29, 2016 / 6:15 pm

      Thank you Ana 🙂 It was fun for about the first 5 minutes, hehe 🙂

  11. Kara Guppy
    May 30, 2016 / 11:00 am

    I have not done a parkrun, I cannot run for toffee – let me swim anyday

    • Clairejustine oxox
      May 31, 2016 / 10:34 am

      Thankso for stopping by Kara, whoo I love swimming too

    • Clairejustine oxox
      May 31, 2016 / 10:34 am

      Thankso for stopping by Kara, whoo I love swimming too

  12. The Parenting Trials
    May 31, 2016 / 6:14 am

    Wow go you, I've never done a park run lol. I use to do bootcamp twice a week and part of that was running and have to admit I suck at running lol xx

    • Clairejustine oxox
      May 31, 2016 / 10:37 am

      Oh wow I bet boot camp is so hard! Would love to try it 🙂

  13. kerry norris
    May 31, 2016 / 10:38 pm

    Well done to you all for doing this. I'd love to take up running. I just feel like I don't have time for it but I guess I could make it a family affair like you do x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      June 1, 2016 / 7:42 am

      Thanks Kerry. Yes cos we all like running it is easier to do it. If one of us wasn't interested it would be a lot harder to arrange it 🙂

  14. Anosa Malanga
    June 5, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    Not even sure if my park has park runs but this looks fun and am jealous for your entire family runs together.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      June 7, 2016 / 7:14 am

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  15. Mirka @fitness4mamas
    June 7, 2016 / 11:59 am

    It's fantastic to see all your family take park in such a great fitness activity. Need to persuade my hubby who is more into cycling. #FitnessTuesday

    • Clairejustine oxox
      June 7, 2016 / 9:01 pm

      Aww thank you Mirka, we all love it at the minute 🙂

    June 7, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    What brill photos! We're parkrun fans too. This half term we were visiting family in N Ireland and went along to Portrush parkrun which is the only one entirely on sand. It's a really nice run and the whole family did it including my 8 year daughter – her first complete parkrun. Hurray!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      June 7, 2016 / 9:02 pm

      Aww thats brilliant. I bet it was hard work on the sand? But I bet it was a great run 🙂

  17. Morgan Prince
    June 8, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    I've never done a Parkrun but it looks like fun! I think that kind of run would finish me off! I'll have to check them out. 🙂

    • Clairejustine oxox
      June 12, 2016 / 12:19 pm

      Thanks Morgan, they are so much fun!

  18. Joanne Mallon
    June 9, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    So lovely to see your whole family running together. I've never done a ParkRun but I'm pretty tempted now, though I suspect ours literally is a few laps around the park and nowhere near as picturesque as yours.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      June 12, 2016 / 12:19 pm

      Thank you Joanne, I must admit, I love the view on this one 🙂

  19. tracey bowden
    June 12, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    I love that you all run together. Me and my daughter like to run around around our local park in the summer but it doesn't usually last that long before we stop! I really want to take part in a run like this I think I need a fitness bucket list #fitnesstuesday

  20. Toni • Gym Bunny Mummy
    June 22, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    I've never heard of ParkRun but I'm going to google it & see if there's one ner us, it looks fab 🙂

  21. Angela Milnes
    June 28, 2016 / 11:17 pm

    This looks so fun and nice to se you can do this as a family too. Thanks for sharing. #FitnessTuesday

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