Double helpings

Not one, but two parkruns for me today, at Basingstoke and Newbury, both with a jubilee theme.

Although I’d found a red top, I hadn’t thought much further than that, so was feeling a little underdressed.  Fortunately, the first person that I spotted in the Basingstoke carpark was Robert Spencer, who I’d met at the Eastbourne and Netley Abbey inaugurals, and he furnished me with a Union Jack table cloth which doubled nicely as a cape.  Sorted.

Basingstoke parkrun is two and half laps of undulating goodness, mostly on tarmac, but with a section on grass, and they were celebrating the Jubilee in style.  They even decided to commission some commemorative medals for the occasion, and though there might not have been enough to go round (turnout was higher than anticipated), I was lucky enough to snag one.


Along with a goodly proportion of the Basingstoke runners, plus similar numbers from Reading and Andover, I then hightailed it to Newbury (thanks again to Robert for being my satnav) for a second helping of jubilee running.  No bling this time, just Her Majesty to welcome us and see us across the finish.

As Newbury is flatter than Basingstoke, I’d been hoping for a slightly faster time, but it wasn’t to be.  In fact, I didn’t even manage a course pb, which as there was snow on the ground the last time that I was there is really rather unimpressive.

Unlike this:


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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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16 Responses to Double helpings

  1. 4 parkruns in a weekend! Impressed. Very nice bling!

  2. 7stoneitch says:

    Love the medal! Jubilee parkruns look a lot of fun!

  3. plustenner says:

    well done! the one at Nonsuch had plenty of jubilee related runners too 🙂
    3 parkruns in 2 days is awesome

  4. henniemavis says:

    Spectacular running abundance! And while you may enjoy a 100 Parkruns shirt, I must have the shirt of the gentleman on the left. I want to wear if back home, so I can be a complete Anglophile for the rest of summer… now that I know what Jubilee is 😉 #latetotheparty

  5. Shazruns says:

    Great bling and as usual fantastic park run effort by a non sloth!

  6. JovialGnome says:

    Unimpressive? Madam there is nothing whatsoever unimpressive about you and your parkrun feats, keep up the excellent work! 🙂

  7. What a nice touch it was to give out those medals. Well done on completing the double today!

  8. bikevcar says:

    Two in one day? Amazing stuff

  9. carahendry says:

    Very jealous! Great medal too!

  10. fitartist says:

    Oh wow, the medal is so lovely, what a nice touch. I will have to keep you informed about my upcoming local Parkrun…:)

  11. fortnightflo says:

    Oooh lovely bling.

  12. runorgocrazy says:

    Absolutely love the medal!

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