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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,… Continue Reading →

Lydiard

(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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

RSR2022

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… Continue Reading →

“♫ 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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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 →

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My first ever parkrun in October 2015 was in Huddersfield. My first time at Tring (which then became my “home parkrun” until it closed) 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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