parkrun: the mission for 50 continues

I’m being very dedicated on my mission to reach 50 parkruns when I go to Guernsey in a few weeks time. I’m so dedicated, I’m now on 48, meaning I have to do just one more before I fly out there…

parkrun 46: Greenwich

The plan for parkrun 46 was to take it easy as I was taking part in the Havering Tri Aquathon the following day. It was also windy; when I arrived, a flag pole was lying on the ground, seemingly uprooted. A subdued 33:01 5k. I then caught up with Richey who I have followed on Twitter for a long time who was indulging in some parkrun tourism. A pleasant morning.

 

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It’s not as dramatic as it looks. It was already on the ground.

 

parkrun 47: Bromley

Happy 7th birthday, Bromley parkrun! I paid my annual visit to Bromley, for their birthday run and to see my friend Jo, parkrunner and Race Director. The course is two and a bit flats and as is customary on the birthday run, was run in reverse. This gave Jo and I a giggle as we realised that I’ve never actually run the event properly. We had a lovely social run, taking it easy and chatting with another friend of Jo’s. Sometimes, it’s really good fun to run with friends and enjoy some chat. Time was 34:28.

 

Bromley parkrun

Bromley parkrun

 

parkrun 48: Greenwich

Last weekend was back to my home run of Greenwich. My pacing has been a little bit all over the place recently, so I decided to make a real effort to hit each km in 6:20 and to ignore the temptation to speed up on the downhill bits and to go slower on the uphill bits. For once, I actually got it spot in and finished in 31:49. I wasn’t in the mood to run when I got there as it was so hot, but I ended up really enjoying it and proving to myself that I can run even splits. Plus my day was made when Colin, a regular volunteer and Run Director told me that he’d read my aquathon blog and really related to my panic. Thank you Colin, you made me feel a lot better and it’s lovely to know that people read what I write!

 

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Beautiful day at Greenwich parkrun

 

Interestingly enough, I should be on 49 parkruns, but I forgot my barcode one run a few years back. Moral of the story? #DFYB.

4 Comments

  1. September 7, 2016 / 10:15 am

    50 feels like such a milestone – it’s a great feeling and a great achievement. I remember completing my 50th and then waiting so long for my t-shirt that I’d nearly got to 100 when it arrived. I’m on 189 now, so I’d love to get to 250 by the end of next year… but with a baby due imminently, that may not happen!

  2. September 8, 2016 / 9:20 am

    You’re so, so close now! That T-shirt will soon be yours! I’ve really enjoyed pressure-free parkruns just lately and lots of parkrun tourism to keep things interesting. How frustrating that you forgot your barcode one time! I have a wristband with my barcode on now but before that I always used to keep a spare barcode in my car glove box in case of emergencies!
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  3. September 8, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    I love parkrun. I’ve only done a few as 5k is not my distance of choice but fully support everything it stands for. Enjoy the 50 shirt and wear it with pride!! Love it…..
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