A couple of weeks ago when I was taking part in the Spitfire Scramble, Alma, Andrew and I decided to combine the race with some parkrun tourism.
Harrow Lodge parkrun was the order of the day, being only a short drive from the campsite.
A single lap parkrun, Harrow Lodge is extremely pretty, reminding me in some ways of Bexley parkrun. The course takes in a mixture of grass, paths and trail and is a little undulating, with a gorgeous turn around the boating lake. There were pacers present the day we attended, which I was grateful for. I’m not great at pacing myself at the moment and knowing that I had another 18 miles to run that weekend, I wanted to take it slowly and finish in 35 minutes or so, to keep my legs fresh.
After a briefing and spotting some other Spitfire runners, we were soon off. It was a lovely morning, sunny but still fresh and I kept slightly ahead of the pacer, enjoying my run. Unfortunately, a fellow runner took a tumble and I (rightfully) lost the pacer to some first aid, so I made a conscious effort to keep slow as I made my way round the course, even having a brief walk at 2.5km to keep the pace down and my legs fresh.
As we approached the car park, I remembered what the race director had said during the briefing “Don’t get excited when you see the car park! You need to come back along the lake before going back, there’s still a km to go”. I kept it easy and when I saw the funnel, allowed myself to stretch my legs a little.
Harrow Lodge parkrun completed in a nice easy 34:50.
And more importantly, it gave me my tenth parkrun venue, meaning I checked off a “30 by 30” goal.
Unfortunately, due to a phone malfunction, I don’t have any photos of the course which is a shame as it was very pretty. I enjoyed the novelty of a one lap course and wouldn’t hesitate to go back there if I’m in the area.
Thank you Harrow Lodge!