Being a tourist at Dartford parkrun

A couple of weeks ago, I engaged in some parkrun tourism with the incredible Louise of Abradypus fame. And in case there was ever any doubt to how incredible she is, she ran, YES RAN, 100 miles last week. We bumped into Stephen which was a lovely surprise and I met Stephen, a Twitter buddy who is also a rather speedy runner!

Dartford parkrun is lovely. It consists of two loops, one slightly longer than the other and is mostly flat with some nice downhill bits. There is one climb and I imagine in the winter months, parts could get slippery underfoot, but on the whole, it struck me as being a fast course and gorgeous as Bexley parkrun is, I think Dartford actually edges it. There were lots of looping bits and doubling back, which kept it interesting and we also got to shout at a couple of runners who went the wrong way…despite it being well sign posted. Oops!

Although I was planning to take it easy due to running Royal Parks Half Marathon the following day, I also wanted to beat my time from the last time I ran at Greenwich. Using Louise to set the pace and as my mule, we came in at 34:49. Job done. I plan to go back in a few weeks time to set a new course PB.

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Afterwards, we chilled out over coffee in the friendly clubhouse. A really welcoming parkrun – thank you!

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