Brockwell 5K parkrun, Herne Hill #136 – 17 August 2013: The Report [infographic]
Here is an infographic which aims to inspire more people to participate in sports (running in particular) activities. It is a rather personal/local and informal infographic (it should be relevant directly to less than 200 people who have participated in the Brockwell parkrun on 17 August 2013). Still, as parkrun is already an international phenomenon many more people could find it interesting.
Parkrun is a 5km run, that takes place (as a rule of thumb) every Saturday morning at 9am in various parks. It is quite popular in England and specially London. There are also events throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.
Unlike many other running events it is free to participate and it is supported by volunteers (e.g. marshals, time keepers, number checkers). And although it is a free event, the quality of the experience (running, meeting new people, publishing of the results and keeping track of progress) is of a very high standard. How many other events have their own infographic anyway? 😉
The very fact that it takes place every Saturday and you can participate as often as you like makes it a very useful event to check your progress. And it is mostly “you against the clock”; it is more likely that you perceive the other participants as friends who inspire you to go faster and get the best out of yourself rather than regard them as competitors.
The infographic is the ‘report’ – yes, most often each local parkrun assigns a volunteer to write a report about each event – of a parkrun event that took place at Brockwell park (Brixton, London) on Saturday, 17 August 2013.
On the top there are the volunteers (with their names) of the parkrun in their high visibility vests. Just below them are the finishers: each line has and represents 20 finishers; there were 148 in total. They are sorted by gender and those who did a PB (personal best) are ‘highlighted’.
Next to the volunteers is a map of the Brockwell park where the route of the parkrun is described. On the right column a map of Great Britain shows the total distance covered by the participants. If it were a relay, starting from Brockwell Lido they would have gone beyond Dundee, Scotland (740km or 460 miles in total).
Below the map is some ‘stars’ of the parkrun. Two of them, Sue & Tim McIntyre, were visitors with lots of experience on their legs (they have participated in more than 200 parkruns each!) while another one, Ryan Georgiades, completed his 50th parkrun. When parkrun runners reach the magic number 50 (total runs) they are presented with a very special red running T-shirt!
Finally, on the bottom of the infographic there is a timeline which shows when each runner finished. For comparison there are some records displayed as well as the recent (on the parkrun’s eve) Mo Farah’s time that earned him the 2013 World Championship gold medal in 5000m. By the way, the man himself has participated in a few parkrun events!
So why don’t you give it a go? It could be a life-changing experience that will make Saturday mornings very exciting indeed!
Brockwell parkrun Brockwell parkrun, Herne Hill results pages
IAAF World Records: 5000 Metres – men – senior – outdoor
The infographic was inspired by the witty writings of Robert Lloyd Smith. Read some of his text parkrun reports here.