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Westmill parkrun

So, on with the parkrun odyssey and this week I headed off to Westmill parkrun.  Where’s Westmill, I hear you ask.  It’s in Ware.  Where?  No, Ware!  (This joke swiftly becomes tedious, so I shall now cease and desist) Ware is in Hertfordshire, north o...

Clapham Common parkrun

Well I guess it’s time I got back to the old routine.  It has been a difficult few weeks but I have been able to keep running.  I thought it was time I resumed my parkrun odyssey with today a visit to Clapham Common. I know Clapham Common pretty well or...

Eden Project parkrun

Yes, I’ve been in Cornwall!  I took my elderly parents down there for a few days holiday and for a chance to see my mother’s family again.   With my mother being unwell, we wanted her to have the chance to see her folks one more time.  My mother was one...

Foots Cray Meadows parkrun

Question - what do you do when you have reached your 200th parkrun?  Answer - you head off for number 201!  I was headed back to the southeastern corner of Greater London today.  I have seen a lot of this area on my parkrun trail.  I’ve been to Bexley a...

200 up - the Colour Purple!

Well that was a memorable morning out!  Earlier this year I realised that, if I kept going,  I would pass 200 parkruns this year and, at the current rate, I would achieve this sometime in the autumn.  As the target grew nearer I could work out that, all...

Witney parkrun

My parkrun trail today took me back to Oxfordshire.  The parkrun events page lists Oxfordshire as part of the southeast, even the towns to the north of the county so, if I was to tick off all the parkruns in the region, I needed to  come back here.  My ...

Catford parkrun

I decided to return to London for this week’s parkrun.  I had already completed the full set of London parkruns last year but the trouble with parkrun is that new ones keep popping up all the time.  Thus it was that I headed off to Catford this morning....

Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun

My parkrun trail today took me to Hogmoor Inclosure which is in Bordon in Hampshire.  This is in fact my local parkrun, or at least my nearest, being only about six miles from my front door.  Perhaps I should have got here earlier than its 25th running ...

Yeovil Montacute parkrun

My parkrun journey today took me to  Yeovil Montacute in Somerset.  This is a little bit further than I would normally travel on a Saturday morning but I had three good reasons for going there .... well, two good  reasons and one daft one.  The first re...

Prospect parkrun

Now here’s the problem with parkrun touring.  You think you’re getting somewhere.  You think you’re nearing the end of the list of parkruns in your area.  Then new parkruns pop up and you realise you haven’t done all the runs in the southeast, or Berksh...

East Grinstead parkrun

So today’s parkrun saw me headed off to East Grinstead.  This is another of those towns not too far away from where I live, whose name I am familiar with, which I have seen on various road signs but which I never have actually visited or passed through....

Mole Valley parkrun

Phew!  Hasn’t it been hot?  Would it deter me from continuing my parkrun tour?   Absolutely not!  Today I was on my way to Mole Valley parkrun. The Mole is a river - it’s name is believed to originate from the Latin word ‘mola’ meaning ‘mill’.  It bubb...

Whiteley parkrun

My choice of parkrun at this time of year is determined by one factor - the need to stay away from the M25!  Britain’s busiest motorway is bad enough at any time of year but when the holiday season starts, particularly the sections around Heathrow and G...

Gadebridge parkrun

My parkrun travels this week took me to Gadebridge parkrun, in Hemel Hempstead.  It was shaping up to be another hot day and, truth be told, I was feeling like having a break this week.  But the thing is, while I am fit and able to run, I feel the urge ...

Basildon parkrun

Hooray, I made it to Basildon!  I’d guess that a visit to this Essex town wouldn’t be on most people’s bucket list but then I’ve been meaning to get myself to Basildon parkrun for a little while.  Today I finally made it. Basildon is in the southern pa...

Heartwood Forest parkrun

I  felt like another parkrun in woodland today so I took myself off to Heartwood Forest, which is in the Hertfordshire countryside, adjacent to the village of Sandridge, just north of the city of St Albans. Sandridge is a small village with a long hist...

Dartford Heath parkrun

There was a belated change to my parkrun destination today..  I had been intending to travel to Basildon but then I learnt belatedly that the A13 was being dug up today causing potential traffic chaos on that side of the Thames Crossing.  Instead I chos...

Henley on Thames parkrun

So where did my parkrun trail take me this week?   I fancied another trip down to the riverside and so I took myself off to Henley on Thames. Henley is on the Thames (obviously!) about halfway between Maidenhead and Reading.  Whereas Maidenhead and R...

Roding Valley parkrun

This week parkrun has been celebrating, as we all should, the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service.  Many of the events today were putting on their own little celebrations to applaud the role of the NHS in our national life.  I certainly have...

Banbury parkrun

Quite a long journey for my parkrun today.  I realised long ago that I would never manage to  get round to all the parkruns in the country, but there are smaller targets you can aim for such as visiting all the parkruns in London and the southeast.  Ban...

Westminster Mile 2018

Yesterday I was back up in London for one of my favourite days out of the year at the Westminster Mile.  This would be my fifth successive visit to this event, it has become a bit of an annual  tradition for me.  The event has grown greatly in popularit...

Hazelwood parkrun

Well what a glorious morning that was!  The sun shining down on the banks of the Thames!  The crowds cheering!  An atmosphere of joy and festivity!  No, not the Royal Wedding .... my latest parkrun at Hazelwood. Hazelwood parkrun is in Sunbury on Thame...

Hoblingwell parkrun

Happy May Bank Holiday everybody!  Nearly two weeks have passed since the London Marathon and I seem to have recovered pretty well.   I have eased back into running and it all seems to be going just fine.  I have the slight creakiness and achiness that ...

London Marathon 2018

I had considered thinking up a witty title for this blog such as “The Rime of the Ancient Marathoner” or “Phew, what a scorcher!” but in the end I opted to for the straightforward option.  That’s me - simple and obvious! So how are we this morning?  I’...