War and Peace

(parkrun #165 – tourist run #37 ) The name Newbury, of itself, may not evoke a sense of history, until you take into account that the parkrun that bears its name takes place on Greenham Common: once the site of a Royal Air Force base, tenanted by the USAF during WW2, and also during the… Continue Reading →

Severn-th Heaven

(parkrun #164 – tourist run #36 ) As we checked in to the Severn View Travelodge on the Friday night, I was beginning to have doubts about our next choice of venue on the Bishops-on-Tour parkrun programme…. Running alongside a motorway! Surely that’s against some sort of byelaw, isn’t it? What if it’s too windy,… Continue Reading →

A gem hiding in the forest

(parkrun #163 – tourist run #35 ) Mallards Pike parkrun has been on our to-do list, ever since we saw and heard about it on Danny Norman’s With Me Now vlog: Treemendous Mallards Pike parkrun, Forest of Dean – YouTube(“like and subscribe!”) Our expectations were running high… On arriving in the area on Friday afternoon,… Continue Reading →

City of Dreaming Spires,

…romantic desires and running aspires(parkrun #160 – tourist run #34 ) Preamble Some years ago (I won’t say how many, except that it was in the last century), Cathy Tabor started her nurse training in Oxford. She was to spend many of her ensuing Saturdays, when she wasn’t on duty, with a certain young man… Continue Reading →

Tring’s kilted parkrun

(parkrun #151) It all started back in 2015 when one of our RDs dared another Tring parkrunner, and fellow Scot, to come dressed in their (real) kilt to do a parkrun. Then in 2016, the word went round a few other of the regulars with Caledonian connections to do the same. By the following year,… Continue Reading →

A VIEw MORE than expected…

(parkrun #143 – tourist run #26 ) (…with a wee bit of dramatic licence along the way) Getting to parkruns which you have never done before can be a bit stressful.  If you’ve had to travel some distance that morning to arrive at your chosen venue, then there are the usual known-unknowns: will we get… Continue Reading →

Heading East to Osterley (Tourist parkrun #25)

(parkrun #142 – tourist run #25 ) It’s 7.00am on Saturday 28th August, and we are London-bound for our next parkrun excursion. Fresh from our Liverpool adventure the previous week, and no date yet set for Tring restarting,  we decided to head east (from leafy Buckinghamshire) to a rural spot in leafy London-shire, just inside the… Continue Reading →

(Straw)Crosby(-berry) Beach (fields)…for ever

(parkrun #141 – tourist run #24 ) As it was Cathy’s birthday coming up, we decided to mark the occasion by ticking off an item from our parkrun Tourist bucket (and spade) list, namely Crosby (beach) parkrun, (you know…the one just outside Liverpool with the Iron Men statues planted in the foreshore[1]) and followed by… Continue Reading →


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My first ever parkrun in October 2015 was in Huddersfield. My first time at Tring (which has now become my “home parkrun”) was on New Year’s Day 2016.

parkrun has helped me (re-)discover that I can run more than a couple of hundred meters without getting “puffed out”.

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