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West Beach parkrun

My second parkrun report from Australia comes from the city of Adelaide.  After the first weekend in Melbourne I set off in my hire car for a journey westwards.  Driving in Australia does impress on you how vast the country is.  Adelaide and Melbourne a...

Albert Park parkrun, Melbourne

I am back with you!  Did you miss me?  If you follow me on Facebook you will know that for the last three weeks I have been on the other side of the world in Australia.  I had been planning to go to Australia all year but I had put off booking anything ...

Great Notley parkrun

Well time is moving on, we’re nearly in November, the clocks go back this weekend but still I have the urge to notch up another parkrun venue.  This week I was headed back to Essex and to Great Notley. Great Notley sounds like it ought to be a venerabl...

Great Dunmow parkrun

Well I keep touring.  You’d have thought that I would have run out of parkrun venues to visit and, in truth, I have to travel a long way nowadays to find one that I haven’t done before.  But the urge to notch up another venue remains strong and so this ...

Cranbrook Country Park parkrun

I’ve been enjoying a weekend away in Exeter.  Regular readers will know that I have a long association with this part of the world starting in 1975 when I attended the University of Exeter.  I subsequently spent quite a few years living and working in t...

Street parkrun

I had another trip down to Somerset this morning.  I lived in this part of the world back in the 1980s and I like to pop back every now and then to see how they are managing.  The answer is always … perfectly well without me, but I like to revisit some ...

Watermeadows parkrun

It is getting increasingly difficult to find any new parkrun venues within driveable distance of home.  The compulsion to add just one more to the list however remains strong within me and so this morning I was up early and headed up the M1 towards the ...

Frogmary Green Farm parkrun

One of the good things about parkrun tourism is that it gives me a chance to see some of those places that I had always meant to visit.  I must have driven past the village of South Petherton hundreds of times on my way down to Devon or Cornwall, but I ...

St Mary's parkrun

It’s getting harder and harder to find new parkrun venues to visit.  I have completed all the events in London and the southeast and now have to accept the need for a long journey to get to any new venue.  This morning I decided to make the effort and h...

Weymouth parkrun

It is getting increasingly difficult to find new parkruns to go to.  I have completed all the parkruns in London and the south east and so any new additions on the list will require a long journey on a Saturday morning.   Weymouth is on the outer limit ...

Tidworth parkrun

I was back on the parkrun tour bus today, after a short break, with a visit to Tidworth. Tidworth is a small town in Wiltshire, on the eastern edge of Salisbury Plain.  This is an area with strong links to ancient history.  Stonehenge is only a few mil...

Evesham parkrun

Another away day this weekend.  One of my other interests is going to the theatre and at least once a year I try and get myself up to Stratford upon Avon to see some Shakespeare  (It was Richard the Third on Friday evening).  It does give me the chance ...

Penrose parkrun

I’ve been away … in Cornwall!  My mother’s family are from Cornwall so I have many fond memories of childhood holidays there.  Still to this day I try to get down there at least once a year to check up on how my folks are doing.  I love visiting Cornwal...

Mote Park parkrun

It was a return journey to Kent for my parkrun today.  I thought I had seen the last of Kent, having done all the parkruns in that county.  And I hadn’t foreseen a return to Maidstone, having previously done Maidstone parkrun (along the River Medway).  ...

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

Well that was a memorable day out in Gloucestershire.  One of the main drawbacks of the pandemic was that for many months we were unable to get out and reconnect with old friends.  I had almost forgotten the pleasure of linking up with some familiar fac...

Edenbrook Country parkrun

Back on the tourist trail today with a visit to Edenbrook Country parkrun, which is on the western side of Fleet in Hampshire.  Fleet is only a short journey for me as it is just the other side of Hampshire.  I know the town pretty well and its surround...

Durlston Country Park parkrun

A bit of a longer journey today.  Having done nearly every parkrun within easy reach of home, I have to travel further and further to find one I haven’t done.  But there are some places which I fancied checking out so today I made the journey down to th...

Church Mead parkrun

Well I thought I should get myself back on the parkrun tour bus.  It’s been a few weeks.  The trouble is … having completed over 250 parkrun events I am running out of places to go that are within a reasonable driving distance.  I have done nearly all t...

Half a marathon at Dorney Lake

Well … you can’t win them all!  At my age you are lucky to win anything at all!  To explain - I had hoped to run the London Marathon in April 2020.  This would extend my marathon running career into a sixth decade.  As we all know, there was no London M...

Henlow Bridge Lakes parkrun

So off I went to another parkrun venue.  It is getting very difficult now to find a parkrun venue which I haven’t visited before, within easy reach.  I have thus far visited 252 different parkrun events and have made it to all the parkruns in London and...

University Parks parkrun

I was delighted to be heading back to Oxford for my parkrun today.  I have been to the city twice before to take part in parkruns but on those occasions the events were on the outskirts of the city.  University Parks parkrun would be right in the middle...

Sutcliffe parkrun

So where do you go once you have completed 250 different parkrun events?  Obviously you head off for number 251.  There are always other targets to aim for.  I would like to get my outright total of parkruns up to 300 (currently on 291)  And I would lik...

Broadwater parkrun

When parkrun restarted back in July I considered what my targets should be and my first aim, I decided, would be to get my total of parkrun venues up to 250.  I wanted to crack on and get the next 33 done (I was on 217 venues at the time) because I coul...

Wickford Memorial parkrun

It was time for another trip across the Dartford crossing today with a visit to Wickford Memorial parkrun. Wickford is a medium-sized town (pop. 33,000) in Essex, adjacent to Basildon.  There is evidence of habitation here going back at least two thous...