A moo-ving time with New Year’s honours

(Me 50/187; Cathy 51/267) John Lennon once said: “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans”. It can sometimes feel like that when you have your sights set on attending a particular parkrun event, perhaps in pursuance of the next parkrun challenge, only to have those plans thwarted, at the last minute,…

It’s a (park)run…not a race(course)

(Me: 49/179; Cathy: 50/258) Spoiler alert (…with apologies to Will Shakespeare):Now is the autumn in our discount tent,Made glorious (late) summer by this sun of York [1] We live about 3 hours’ drive south of York, so making a special trip just to do the parkrun there, and then heading back home seemed a bit extreme,…


(Me: 45/174; Cathy: 48/253) The other half of Team Bishop was away for a girls-only weekend in North Wales with old long-standing friends from school daze. This was a perfect opportunity therefore to catch up on the four remaining tourist venues from Cathy’s, 48 strong, tourist list that I have yet to visit. Lydiard being…

Of Puddings and parkrun-EVE of SHAMe

(Me: 43/172; Cathy 47/252) Eve of shame [Spoiler alert: Nothing actually shameful took place on parkrun eve, at least not where we were seated in a certain hotel restaurant. Having written that though, I am beginning to have some pangs of conscience about what we witnessed that evening in an otherwise respectable establishment. I’ll let…


Sheffield boasts some of the finest tree cover, woodlands and countryside in Britain with a third of the city lying in the Peak District National Park, and more woodland cover (over 10%) than any other city in the country as well as over 2 million trees. [1] Sheffield is also famous, amongst other things, for…

“♫ Oh, dear, what can the matter be!♫”

(Me: 42/171; Cathy 46/251) Warning: this blog post is not for parkrun tourists of a nervous disposition. parkrun touristing can be a stressful thing. It is not, (I rush to add), the rocking up at a new parkrun of “strangers” that can prove challenging, far from it, but it is the actual getting there that…

N is for…?

(Me: 41/170; Cathy 45/250) So we arrived in our holiday let on Anglesey, on parkrun eve, noting that there were not one but two NENDYs to choose from to run at on the following morning. Nant y Pandy or Newborough Forest. Both looked good on You-tube and (secondarily) both event names started with the same…

There’s no place like roam

Me: (40/168), Cathy (44/248) Since parkrun un-pause, some ten months ago, Cathy and I have been consoling ourselves from being bereft of parkrunday mornings in Tring Country Park,  by roaming around our locality, bagging a few more NENDYs [*] and, naturally, planning our holiday locations around some interesting looking parkrun venues further afield. We are…

Super heroes at the Oxford Town & Gown

My first time running this 10k event round the city of Oxford ( I don’t think it will be my last!) Town and Gown was amazing… parkrun on steroids would be an apt description. The spectators round Oxford were just brilliant, (just like they were for the Oxford half last Autumn). There weren’t any bands…

Vitality 10k (for all) returns to London

My fifth time at this event. Great to be back in London, post COVID. Great to be starting in The Mall and finishing in front of Buckingham Place on this special year for Queen Elizabeth. There is little prospect of me signing up for the actual London Marathon any time soon, however this 10K event…


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time of day to run:

Early Morning

parkrun venue:

Wherever I was last Saturday! ( but really it has to be Tring )

places to run:

Woodland Trails

Runners’ High:

Just after a sprint finish at parkrun or running on the flat through beautiful countryside on a sunny (but not too hot) day

parkrun journey

1st parkrun:

10th October 2015

2nd parkrun:

New Year’s Day 2016

50th parkrun:

2nd December 2017

100th parkrun:

18th May 2019

50th different parkrun:

Millennium Country
New Year’s Day 2023

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