I did my first Parkrun on Saturday. 5 sunny kilometres around Dulwich Park.
I loved it. Great atmosphere. Good fun.
Parkrun is a phenomenon there are about 150,000 runners every Saturday all across the globe. There were about 200 people in Dulwich.
This is old news but it’s a real internet enabled, ground up community. It’s free, you can register online and then you get a printed barcode and therefore a time, but you don’t have to, you could just turn up and run. Staffed by volunteers.
The rules or operating principles to setting one up seem to be: Saturday 9am, 5k, in a park. That's pretty simple.
It's a lot less intimidating than joining a running club. A bit like blogging used to be "networking for shy people" you could see how this could be a running club for shy people. It's more diverse than a running club too, a variety of ages and speeds. Not massively diverse, but that might just be the park I was in.
Using the network to good effect. Creating shared online and offline platforms.