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.


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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9 Responses to Gah!

  1. Rachel B says:

    So impressed at your dedication to park run and the extra miles run too. Sounds like you had a wonderful mini break.

  2. plustenner says:

    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 🙂

  3. Can I post this to our news page!
    ED, Southwick Country parkrun

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  5. runtezza says:

    Great post — the vision of stonehenge at sunsent sounds awesome!

  6. I see fame and fortune coming your way… Your parkrun experiences make good reading!

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