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Castle Park parkrun

Well it’s been a bumpy old time ever since that moment a couple of weeks ago when I decided to fall flat on my face while out on a run, leaving myself with bruised ribs and a sore back.  It’s taken a little while to get better.  Usually when you suffer ...

Mountbatten School parkrun

A small landmark today in my parkrun progress when I arrived at my 200th different venue.  Of course, all parkruns are of equal value, so theoretically my 200th was of no more significance than my 198th or 199th, but it’s always nice to reach a nice rou...

Maldon Prom parkrun

Another trip across the Dartford Crossing for this morning’s parkrun as I headed to the town of Maldon in Essex. Maldon is on the Essex coast, more precisely it is at the western end of the Blackwater estuary.  In fact two rivers empty into the estua...

California Country parkrun

For this week’s parkrun I didn’t want too long a journey so I took myself off to California.  By California, I don’t mean the West Coast state of the USA, rather I headed for the less sun kissed option of California Country Park in Wokingham. Wokingham...

Marlborough Common parkrun

I headed west this Saturday for my weekly parkrun to the town of Marlborough.  Marlborough is an attractive, historic market town on the edge of the Wiltshire Downs.  It lies on the A4 which used to  be the main London to Bristol/Bath highway and also o...

East Brighton parkrun

My parkrun odyssey this week took me to East Brighton.  I’ve visited Brighton four times before and I had thought that, having visited Preston park, Hove Park, Hove Promenade and Bevendean Down, I would not need to return.  But no - the new parkruns kee...

Brooklands parkrun

A rare chance this morning to do a new parkrun in my home county of Surrey.  I’d long exhausted the list of parkruns within a short distance of home but then a new one popped up at Brooklands in Weybridge. Weybridge is on the northern edge of Surrey, t...

Henstridge Airfield parkrun

Hooray, it’s February!  Speaking as one who has run through many a winter, it’s always a relief to get January out of the way.  Winter may still have a few tricks up its sleeve but there are just the first hints that spring is approaching - the evenings...

Walmer and Deal parkrun

My parkrun journey this week took me back to the seaside with a trip to Walmer and Deal.  This is a bit further than I would normally travel for a parkrun, over 100 miles, but the thing is, I wanted to tick off all the parkruns in the south east, so I w...

Brentwood parkrun

It has been another record breaking week for parkrun.  Last weekend over 180,000 people took part in a parkrun in the UK.  I can remember when a thousand starters in a parkrun was considered sensational but last week five venues - Bushy Park, Poole, Sou...

Buckingham parkrun

It has been a record breaking week for parkrun!  Last Saturday Charlotte Arter became the fastest ever female parkrunner when she ran 15:50 at Cardiff.  https://tinyurl.com/yb7krmax  On the same weekend Britain saw the greatest number of participants, b...

Jersey Farm parkrun

I think we have just about hit peak parkrun in the last couple of weeks.  It’s that time of year when it’s possible to do six parkruns in the space of fifteen days and many people, including myself, have done just that.  After the record breaking Bushy ...

Higginson parkrun

It’s been a busy old week in parkrun world.  On Tuesday I was back at the spiritual home of parkrun, Bushy Park, for the Christmas Day event.  Now it was once suggested that parkrun on Christmas Day was a waste of  time - nobody would want to leave thei...

Chelmsford Central parkrun

What do you mean you had to do some last minute Christmas shopping?  Some of us know the proper way to spend a Saturday morning.  I was headed back to Essex in order to attend Chelmsford Central parkrun.  I have been to Chelmsford before -  we  used to ...

Rushmere parkrun

After two succesive weeks at the seaside I decided to go back to the woods for this week’s parkrun with a trip to Rushmere.  This is Rushmere parkrun, not to be confused with Rushmoor parkrun which is in Aldershot.  Rushmere is just to the north of Leig...

Lancing Beach Green parkrun

Today my parkrun trail took me down to the seaside and to Lancing Beach Green parkrun.  This would  actually be my second attempt to do this one -  I came here last week only to be told that it was cancelled because of the weather.  The result was a fra...

Wendover Woods parkrun

It was time for another run through the forest this week with a trip to Wendover Woods.  Wendover is a smallish market town near to the much larger town of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.  This area is sometimes known as the ‘Gateway to the Chilterns’, th...

Billericay parkrun

My parkrun trail today took me back over the Dartford Crossing, into the fair county of Essex and to the town of Billericay. Billericay is in south Essex, just north of Basildon and Burstead and just east of Brentford (everything seems to begin with a ...

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 ...