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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’...

Ready for blast off!

Well are we all ready to rumble?  I guess I am as well prepared as I could be under the circumstances but even when I’ve been younger and fitter than I am now I have approached the London marathon with a certain amount of trepidation.  There’s a lot tha...

Linford Wood parkrun

I wasn’t absolutely sure if I was going to be making it to a parkrun this morning.  About a week ago I woke up in the night with severe abdominal cramps and wondering if the Russian secret service had maybe been putting nerve agents on my bedside clock!...

Victoria Dock parkrun

Just three weeks to go until the London Marathon and things are looking a little better.  I’ve been plugging away at my training despite some dodgy weather and I am now reasonably optimistic that I will  be able  to make it round in a time that isn’t to...

Southend parkrun

I thought it was time I hit the parkrun trail again.  One of my aims is to  go to places that I have never visited before.  I don’t believe I have ever been to Southend and so that is where I was headed this morning. Southend or Southend on Sea, to giv...

Luton Wardown parkrun

I thought I should get myself back out on the parkrun tourist trail.  As previously stated, my aim for the first few months of 2018 is simply to get myself back to a level where I could finish the London Marathon but I thought the occasional parkrun alo...

Bramley 10

Well I’m getting there.  Slowly but surely.  The past couple of months have been an ongoing struggle against the advance of old age and sore joints but I have steadily been building up  my speed and mileage.  It has been a long struggle out of the Sloug...

Stevenage parkrun

Well I thought I had better show my face again.  The past few weeks I have been steadily battling against my aching joints, slowly building up my running again and trying to run a bit further and faster.   As already stated I have just one goal for the ...

Worcester Pitchcroft parkrun

And so another year begins!  Another birthday has come and gone (I’m up to sixty-one now)  And my Saturday routine remains the same.  Actually I probably wouldn’t have started a parkrun today, given my current state of creakiness and low fitness but I  ...

That was the year that was

Well I  thought I’d better show my face again.  It’s been a while.   Since I  came back from  Australia, things have been a little stressful.  My joints continue to ache.  I had to get over a chest infection.  The weather has been rather dodgy.  Then my...

Rhodes parkrun

My final report from Australia involves my first (and hopefully not my last) visit to Sydney.  I had been meaning to visit Australia for many years and when I thought about visiting Australia, the first place that came into my mind was Sydney. Sydney i...

Chelsea Bicentennial parkrun

Time for another parkrun report, although this time from the other side of  the world.  I did not go to Australia just to take part in a parkrun a long, long way away but as I was there, well I couldn’t miss the opportunity. Melbourne is at the norther...

Back from down under

Well I’m  back from my travels.  I’m still a bit weary and jetlagged and feeling the cold and wishing maybe I could have spent a few more days in Australia, but I’m home now and can reflect on my trip to the other side of the world. Australia is great....