Having being religious about attending Greenwich parkrun over the last few weeks, it felt quite strange not to attend today. Yesterday, I did my 49th official parkrun and my 50th total. However, parkrun frowns upon forgotten barcodes and forgotten barcodes mean no time. I forgot mine at a run back in 2013 and yes, they are strict about enforcing this!
I took the morning off from running my official 50th parkrun today because next week, I’m off to Guernsey! I am so excited to be going away for a few days with Jo. We had a brilliant time in Jersey last year when we ran their inaugural parkrun, and we’ll be running the Guernsey parkrun while we’re there. It’ll be my official 50th total and 15th location. My next target is to make it onto the tourist board, where you need to run in 20 different locations.
So, let’s recap on last weekend. I had been out the night before at a male burlesque show in London, which was all kinds of fabulous. However, it also involved a few beers and a late night, so I was in a slightly hungover state. I lined up to start and had a nice surprise when Dawn and Brian from So Let’s Go Running said hi. As per the previous week, I set off at a steady pace of 6:20 m/km, however my stomach was churning at me whilst a dull woodpecker in my brain knocked.
Ah, hungover running. Ain’t it fun? By the third lap, I was certainly feeling the worst for wear and slowing down. And the hangover munchies had set in and I really, really, really wanted Pringles and humus. I had been playing nip and tuck a little bit with another lady and she was ahead as we came up “the hill” for the final short stretch to the finishing funnel. I sped up a little bit and levelled with her, just as the man just ahead shouted at her to push for the finish. As I went past, I said to her “come on!” “Ah! All of you leave me alone!” was the response. Oops.
I eased off as I came to finish when suddenly someone yelled “she’s coming, she’s gonna get you!” The other lady had put on a burst of speed and was about to go past, but I stretched out for a Usain Bolt style (in my head) style finish. We finished with the same time and a cheer and exchanged high fives.
I know parkrun is a “run, not a race” but I love the friendly competition as runners sprint for the finish. It’s all part of the fun and is always in good spirit.
So that’s it. 49 official parkruns. 50 next week. Here’s a few of my parkrun stats for you all.
Helen’s parkrun stats:
Fastest time: 26:44
Fastest time since pregnancy: 29:45
Slowest time: 48:47 (tailrunning)
Number of runs at my home parkrun: 30
Best overall place finish: 22
Best gender place finish: 4
Best age group finish: 1
Number of different locations: 14
Number of times volunteered: 6
Number of different volunteer roles: 4
Favourite volunteer role: Timekeeping
Favourite course: Burgess parkrun
Number of years to get this far: 6
How long did it take you to get to 50 parkruns and how many different courses have you run?