I have so much I want to write. Why can’t I write it?
I got the fidgets. I booked a room at the Polebarn hotel in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, pretty much on impulse. I drove down on Friday evening, into a beautiful sunset and got to see Stonehenge silhouetted against the skyline. Oh, and I got lost. Several times. I really must get satnav.
The hotel guy was perkier than anyone has a right to be (especially compared to the perk-less-ness of me on a Friday night when I’ve been driving for over two hours). The room was lovely. The windows opened. The bed was comfy. The wifi was free. Perky guy agreed that I could grab breakfast early and check out late so that I could go for my run and then shower afterwards.
I went for a six-mile run round the Southwick Country Park and then chatted to the people who were there for the parkrun and then did the first ever Southwick Country parkrun. It’s a great venue (2 3/4 laps, hard gravel course, gently undulating and extremely well organised). It has a statue of the spirit of the parkrunner (he has a name, but I can’t remember it) that they unveiled this morning.
Afterwards, at the Squirrels Tearoom cafe , I got chatting to two experienced parkrunners, one of whom knows the wonderful Bedfont Lakes chap who gave me a lift around the longest parkrun and the other of whom used to share my surname. For all that it spans continents, parkrun really does feel like a very small community.
I then went back to the hotel to shower and nearly didn’t leave, the shower was sooooooooo lovely. After which I pottered around Trowbridge doing the tourist thing for long enough to justify the journey and then came home. Incidentally, Stonehenge in the daytime with oodles of people around it is a far less impressive sight than Stonehenge deserted at dusk.
Is 100 miles too far to travel for a 5km race? Yes. Is 100 miles too far to travel to meet such wonderful people? No.
So impressed at your dedication to park run and the extra miles run too. Sounds like you had a wonderful mini break.
sounds excellent! nice to know there are some hotels who will still go the extra mile (excuse the pun) to provide customer service
but.. did I read this right, you ran 6 miles, THEN did the parkrun? I am in awe 🙂
I can’t run tomorrow so needed to turn this into my long run 🙂
Can I post this to our news page!
ED, Southwick Country parkrun
Of course. I’m so impressed that you have taken on the task of running a parkrun after only a handful of runs. Impressed and indebted. Thank you.
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Great post — the vision of stonehenge at sunsent sounds awesome!
I see fame and fortune coming your way… Your parkrun experiences make good reading!