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 →

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 →

With Nomads now….And we are back!

It’s now been three weeks since parkrun returned in England, and in that time, (unsurprisingly) Cathy and I have each chalked up the same number of parkruns. Three...Real...parkruns; and I am still pinching myself to make sure I am not experiencing some sort of group Matrix-style hallucination. As my reader will know, the Tring parkrun... Continue Reading →

I have been thinking lately…

I have felt encouraged by the ingenuity and resilience of the parkrun community in finding new ways to keep its members feeling “connected” and motivated during the parkrun pause. There have been various parkrun HQ initiatives like the great big parkrun quiz every Saturday morning, and more recently the notparkrun results tables. On the local... Continue Reading →

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