Today was a good day. I completed the full set of Greater London parkruns, I ran my first 10km trail run and I went to my mother’s for tea.
…is possibly the most picturesque of the London parkruns. The large, sprawling park has a boating lake, a wood, birdsong, great views and a country house. The run route is undulating but not excessively hilly, and underfoot is a mixture of tarmac, grass, hard and woodland paths. The walk down from the car park gives you a chance to admire the views, and the walk back up again serves as a gentle cool down.
Add to this brilliant sunshine (I’d almost forgotten what the sun looked like), Roy Reeder (parkrun tourist since 2007) and friendly locals and you end up with a rather wonderful start to the day.
Runners World Trailblazer 10km (Bedgebury Forest)…
…aka I went to Bedgebury and I got:
- A free Saucony technical t-shirt
- A reduced rate subscription to Runners World
- A free* Camelbak bag
- The chance to run through some really rather beautiful woodland
- Muddy feet**
- Chatting to two Wimbledon parkrunners
- A sub 65 minute time
- Met at the finish by ‘athoner-extraordinaire Local Adventures
- A goody-filled kit bag
- No sunburn***
- A grin that still hasn’t gone away.
And it was all exquisitely organised by Rat Race Adventure Sports. Roll on the Forest of Dean.
* with the subscription to Runners World
** and socks, and legs
*** thank you, thank you, thank you to whoever invented Ultrasun once-a-day sunscreen.
…featuring strawberries, ginger preserve, macaroons, Scamble-with-friends and great company.