parkrun 49: Greenwich parkrun

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.


Jersey parkrun


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.


Greenwich parkrun 49 - feet


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?


  1. September 18, 2016 / 7:36 am

    I need to get off my butt and do more parkruns. I’ve only done anout 8 altogether and the recent ones have all been slooow (for me).

    50 parkruns though, that’s awesome

  2. September 20, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    Well done! It seems to take forever doesn’t it? And yeah it’s not a race but sometimes it is nice to treat it like a “fake race” and inject some competition into it, all friendly of course :-)
    I’ve got one more until my official tourist 20 (I’ve actually done 20 but one of those was in the US and doesn’t count apparently!). Exciting!
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    • September 21, 2016 / 6:10 am

      The USA one will count towards the global board :) 30 different to include abroad at least one abroad will get you on that!

      So where’s your 20th UK one going to be?
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  3. September 24, 2016 / 6:09 pm

    Awesome work! Well done missus! Doubt I’ll ever make that many! I miss going to parkrun – but with my little boy playing football every Saturday morning it makes it impossible to go! Maybe I’ll see make the occasional one! Made such amazing friends thanks to parkrun!!! X

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