Oh! I do like to run beside the seaside

I do like to run beside the sea
I do like to romp along the prom, prom, prom
Where the marshalls say “Run straight on, straight on”
So just let me run beside the seaside
And I’ll be beside myself with glee
And there’s lots of guys beside
I should like to run beside
Beside the seaside
Beside the sea.

OK.  Lyrics are not my forte.  Unlike disjointedtales.

As I woke early this morning (damn you 5.30am, damn you) I decided to try one of the parkruns that is right on the edge of my day trip range:  Whitstable parkrun.

It’s a two lap run that starts along the prom (into a fierce headwind today), climbs up a short rise and then runs back along the grass (wind assisted) before going back down to prom level for lap two.

I ran round a fair bit of the course with Emma, who was at a parkrun for the first time, cheered on by her husband and 9 month old son.  And then, about 300m from the end, I caught up with a kid who’d started to flag a little. 

“Run with me to the finish?” I gasped.  

“OK” she said, picking up her pace.

“Have you a sprint left in your legs?” I asked, as the end came into sight.

“Yes” she replied

And lo! Another sprint finish was born.

About abradypus

A Bradypus or Sloth am I, I live a life of ease, contented not to do or die but idle as I please; ... [Michael Flanders and Donald Swann]
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22 Responses to Oh! I do like to run beside the seaside

  1. maggiee says:

    brilliant! Loved reading that… made me feel like I was there.

  2. fortnightflo says:

    Well done again for getting to a new one. I hope the sprint finish gave you a good time!

    • abradypus says:

      Don’t know yet…muppet here forgot to turn off runmeter! I suspect the time is nothing special, as I felt comfortable and had a sprint left, lol.

      aka abradypus

  3. jensruns2011 says:

    Ooh, that is an early start! Sounds like a great parkrun though, fab post too. 🙂

  4. On the contrary – your lyrics fit the music much better than mine did! I had to use a crowbar to get some of those words in.

    Well done for this morning – I’m trying my first Parkrun next Saturday thanks to your recommendation (too hungover this morning. oops)

  5. shazruns says:

    Now I want an ice cream and its all your fault!

  6. Hels says:

    Very early start! Glad you enjoyed it and I love the lyrics. I think you are the Park Run Angel.

  7. OMG…if you did the Whitstable Park run….I must live near you!! How cool is THAT???

    Ahem…..might be a while before I see you there though!!!

    Well done xx

  8. runtezza says:

    Hope you recovered afterwards in deck chair with knotted handkerchief on head.

    • abradypus says:

      Actually at home in front of the cricket…right up to the point when I realised I had fifteen minutes to get to a restaurant an hour away to meet a friend. Ooops. Impromptu run to the station ensued.

  9. zoecakes says:

    Sprint finishes are my forte – it’s just the other however many miles/kilometres of the race that are my problem!!

  10. That made me smile so much!

  11. Steve says:

    Did you come up with the lyrics whilst running? I often get songs stuck in my head and the thump on the pavement becomes the beat.. and it just goes on until after I’m home and showered! Haha… well done on digging deep and helping a fellow runner – I’ve been that person struggling and they greatly appreciate it.

  12. iliketocount says:

    I often feel bad encouraging runners through races, like I’m mocking them by not trying myself (despite the fact I mostly am trying) but mostly can’t help myself! Good Juneathon so far.

  13. lazybetty says:

    what a happy post! can we have a parkrun poem next please?

  14. Chris says:

    what a gift to the flagging finisher! She’ll remember that for as long as she races – there’s always a little bit left for the finish when you’re cheered on by a fellow runner.

    • abradypus says:

      Like all the best gifts, it was a bowling ball with Homer on it. I have no doubt that I got as much oomph from the company and sprint finish as she did.

  15. Kooky Girl says:

    Aw, that’s great. I love the parkrun runs. Some of those kids can really fly, so much energy in those little legs some of them. Well done, on another Park Run in the bag. :o)

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