Since last year, I've been enjoying taking part in parkrun, a free, weekly, timed 5K run that takes place in local parks on Saturday mornings. It has provided me with a chance to work on my speed (relatively speaking!) and to meet some new people. The parkrun website keeps track of my times from all the runs I've done, so it's easy to track my own progress.
parkruns have people of all ages and abilities, including really fast people, those who run at a variety of speeds between fast and not-so-fast, and those who use run-walk intervals. The environment is supportive and welcoming.
parkrun is *free* and *fun*, and I encourage you to check it out. If you're a runner, run-walker, or walker who aspires to run, visit parkrun's website to learn more. A listing of UK events is here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/events/events/.
You should register online before your first parkrun so that your time can be recorded.
Are there any other UK-Y parkrunners?