One2escape - you should have come and said hello this morning. If you're who I think you are, I have been wanting to meet you anyway. Congratulations on your PB.
It was touch and go as to whether the Waterworks run would be able to go ahead this morning. It wasn't looking likely at 8.30, however 20 minutes later it was a possibility. The appearance of the sun was helping to thaw any icy bits that were left and by 9.30 it was deemed safe to run with a 10 minute delayed start. I have to say that the only bit of my parkrun role that I don't enjoy is having to make that final call on a Saturday morning.
Welcome to the forum onetoescape. If it's any help I ran my first marathon 5 years ago without any idea about training, pace, nutrition etc and not knowing anyone else who was doing a marathon. I started my 'training' in January and did the London marathon in April, completing it in a time of 4.74 (sounds so much better than 5.14). Soon after that I came onto this forum and got loads of support and advice from other forumites - DS and Kenny to name two that are still posting on here - and then did Dublin 6 months later in 4.13.
At the Waterworks there are quite a few people who are training for Belfast marathon so if you want to come along I could introduce you to them and you could see about joining up with some of them. At the least you'll get lots of support and practical advice.
Don't let the thought that you might come in towards the end of any race (or parkrun) ever put you off entering. I'm usually at the finish line of most races and I can assure you that those coming in at the end get the biggest cheers.
Interesting post about parkrun Leslie. Which parkrun do you do? It's difficult for a lot of runners to get their heads around all the parkrun (always lower case p) policies and etiquette, but Event Directors get it drummed into them week after week so it soon becomes second nature. We are never to use the word 'race' in connection with parkrun, and we can't wear any clothing or use any signage that has that word on it. It is a timed run, but there is no problem with runners wanting to improve their time each week. For health and safety reasons we would encourage faster runners to line up nearer the front, but we can't insist on it.
The other main rules are - no barcode, no time, no exceptions; runners never to be asked to bring money for anything, even charity; all under 11's must be accompanied by an adult; must be all inclusive, and we must always give way and show courtesy to other park users. We're also not allowed to promote ourselves as the 'best', 'friendliest', 'nicest' etc. Apart from that - simple
Oh, and there are never any winners, just first finisher, or first across the line.