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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....

A walk on the wild side

I shall conclude my account of the great Snowdonia weekend with the story of our Sunday morning stroll up Mount Snowdon.  I suspect this blog will comprise more pictures than text but here goes. I had been looking forward to this outing because I had n...

Snowdonia marathon from the s...

So the story continues.  At the end of my last blog I had just completed the parkrun at Penrhyn Castle.  Normally the parkrun would be the highlight of my morning but on Saturday it was just a warm up for the main event.  One of the runners I had seen a...

Penryhn parkrun

Well that was a weekend that will linger long in the memory!  There are a number of  reasons why I continue to be involved in the sport of running,  even at the age when I qualify for a bus pass.  One reason is the opportunity to visit new and different...

Fulham Palace parkrun #2

On my tour of the nation’s parkruns there have always been one or two that I would like to return to.  Actually I’d be happy to return to any of them - the core experience of parkrun is the same wherever you are.  But still I was glad of the opportunity...

Torbay Velopark parkrun

I was away from my usual stamping grounds this week and found myself down in the Westcountry.  What was I  doing in Devon?  I was visiting friends in Exeter and, as usual, used the opportunity to take in a new parkrun in Torbay.  Anyway that’s  why this...

Hastings parkrun

There was a small landmark in my parkrun journey this week when I made it to my 150th different parkrun venue (a Cowell and a half!)  Having run two pretty tough courses in the last couple of weeks, I thought I would treat myself to somewhere flat and o...

Hadleigh parkrun

My parkrun journey today took me back over the Dartford Crossing to the town of Hadleigh.  This would be Hadleigh in Essex (there is another Hadleigh in Suffolk)  It is situated on the north bank of the Thames on a high bit of ground on the way into Sou...

Hatfield Forest parkrun

There was a last minute change of plan for my parkrun this week.  I did have Hatfield Forest on my long list of parkruns still to do but it rapidly had to be moved up  to the top of the short list when I heard it would be closing later this month.  This...

Harcourt Hill parkrun

I wasn’t sure where to go for  this week’s parkrun.  I wanted to avoid the A3 and M25 on this Bank Holiday weekend and so I opted to head northwest to Oxfordshire and to Harcourt Hill. Harcourt Hill is just south of the village of Botley which is on th...

South Norwood parkrun

This parkrun touring is getting to be a never ending process.  I was congratulating myself on having done all the parkruns in the London area but since then a few new ones have popped up.  I thought I had seen the last of Croydon having done all three p...

Upton House parkrun

My parkrun journey this week took me to Upton House.  This would be Upton House parkrun in Poole, not to be confused with Upton Court parkrun in Slough, which I did about three years ago.  Upton seems to be a very common place name in Great Britain and ...

Legends

Well this has been an eventful 24 hours!  I’m not quite sure where to start. I shall start with yesterday evening and the first day of the World Athletics Championships.  When I learnt that London would be hosting these championships I just knew that I...