Inverness and Dulwich parkruns

Not, I hasten to add, on the same day!

Inverness was last week.  I didn’t travel all the way to the highlands of Scotland just to do a parkrun.  That would be madness.  Instead, I spent ridiculous amounts of money on the sleeper train, hotels and a hire car, entered and trained for a marathon and persuaded my long-suffering other half that he wanted to join me (in Scotland, not in the whole marathon malarkey) just so that I could run Inverness parkrun.

What’s it like?  A flat, grassy (possibly boggy in Winter) three-lap course with a great cafe and friendly locals, one of whom was also running Lochaber marathon (in an impressive 2:54!).  I also got to wear my 50 t-shirt for the first time, and as Inverness is less than a year old and quite a long way from its nearest neighbour, it attracted a few envious glances.

This week was Dulwich, which opened its doors last week.  Another flat, three-lap course, though this one is all wide, well-maintained tarmac paths.  Fellow tourist Paul Freyne (2nd on the most events table with a humbling 79 different events) was there too, and I may well cross paths with him again in Northampton in a couple of weeks time.

I’d taken a small leaf out of @n0rm’s book and cycled to Dulwich.  8 miles, complete with frequent stops for traffic lights and map-reading.  Even that short distance was enough to turn my legs to jelly for the run, so I don’t see any triathlons in my immediate future.  Not that I’ll have time.  Listening to Bruce Fordyce speak yesterday evening has got me thinking random thoughts about sub 5-hour marathons and Comrades.  Someone please remind me that I’m a sloth!

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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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11 Responses to Inverness and Dulwich parkruns

  1. henniemavis says:

    I insist you change your blogname immediately! You need a new banner as well. How about “The Anti-Sloth” or “Sloth Interrupted”… maybe “Abradypus Enigma”? Ooo, that one also wins Scrabble in one shot too — best one, don’t you think?

  2. Maggiee says:

    Comrades???!!! You do that and you’ll be needing to change your name to aCRAZYpus!!!!! 😉

  3. zoecakes says:

    Inverness and Dulwich on the same day would be an impressive feet of time travel 😉
    We did Dulwich on it’s first week but I found the paved laps hard, think I prefer open parks where you can see everyone else too!

  4. I always knew you were going to Scotland just for the parkrun. The marathon was incidental!

  5. fortnightflo says:

    YOU ARE A SLOTH!! So funny that you went all that way to do a parkrun. I am planning on doing Northamptons inaugural PR too – one fo the girls from work who has just started running lives there so I am going to drag her along. Do you want to use me as a stopover?

  6. Pingback: @LondonMarathon race report « Fortnightflo's Blog

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