As previously posted I am slowly making my way to 50 parkruns by the end of the year. Last weekend and this weekend mark off numbers 42 and 43 in this moderate ambition.
Number 42 was at Stratford-upon-Avon. A lovely place where I do not spend enough time watching Shakespeare. Hmmmmm. That’s not a sentence you would usually expect to find in a post about running. The course is flat and it uses a route which has you running near the Royal Shakespeare Company – but it is laps. Three laps. As I have no doubt mentioned before I hate laps. Overall the time wasn’t too bad, my first sub 24 mins in a while. As only myself and another club member were running we caught the train up from Birmingham to Stratford which made a nice change and we were able to get one with ample time, although as the trains back were every hour the return was a little closer to call.
Number 43 was at Conkers parkrun. This was a mix of canal and trail. Quite a nice route as it was an out and back (or lollipop as one of the club members referred to it). One short sneaky hill quite near the start and a bit of a steeper hill later in the route but a gradual downwards route after that so you didn’t really notice you were running back down. More importantly there was the possibility of getting a bacon roll at the end in the cafe and you can’t grumble at that (unless your vegetarian, or vegan). Also the large tea was quite cheap… Ok back to the running talk. I actually enjoyed this one but I thought I had ran another sub 24 but didn’t, it was 24:09 despite feeling I had pushed quite hard. Of course that could be because it was actually quite muggy. Definitely on the list of potential returns – but there are many more to get first. On that note…
This was also my 15th different event. If all goes to plan then I will not only reach 50 parkruns by the end of this year I will also tick off 20 different events – which is another achievenement. Continue to watch this space