I rounded off Juneathon with an inaugural parkrun, the “noticeably undulating” Gladstone parkrun in North West London. I’ve come to expect a sea of familiar faces at London inaugurals, in fact, that was what got me hooked on inaugural events in the first place, and I was not disappointed. Danny, Jo, John, Reggie, Vanessa, Kirsty, Norm – everywhere I looked there was someone I knew. There was even a tenuous ‘athoner connection, as Rory, from Valentines parkrun, is a friend of Insert Clever Running Pun Here, a veteran of ‘athons of old.
As we waited for 9 o’clock, it seemed as though the parkrun weather gods had deserted us, and we huddled under a patch of trees trying to stay out of the rain. But as 9 o’clock arrived, the rain cleared, and didn’t return until the last parkrunner was home.
Norm and I had both cycled to the parkrun, and ran round it together. There the similarities ended. For me, the run was faster-than-comfortable-after-a-cycle, and as it went on, my conversational abilities got more and more limited. For Norm, who has a half-ironman under his belt and an ironman in his not-too-distant future, it was but a gentle stroll and he crossed the finish line looking as fresh as a daisy.
As for Juneathon, I’m rather chuffed with the way it turned out, both on the parkrun* and mileage** fronts.
And now it’s all over, I’m off to reacquaint myself with the sofa.
*5 scheduled parkruns (including 2 inaugurals).
*3 special parkruns (God save the Queen).
*7 freedom parkruns.
*15 parkruns in total.
**100 miles run.
**200 miles cycled.
**300 miles in total.
And so you should be rather chuffed, fantastic effort and if someone doesn’t crown you Queen of parkrun there is no justice! 🙂
absolutely fabulous dah-link! TR24 will be a walk in the park for you now – amazing, well done!!
Or perhaps a run in the park
or run and walk in my case! LOL
Congrats with Juneathon and good luck with your future races. See you online in January again?
And I’m sure your sofa has missed you too.
Well done on all your efforts.
You have done a great Jubiljuneathon. I’m very proud to know you even though we have never met.
Well done ! It was nice meeting you again, good luck with your next project.
15 parkruns in a month – that’s impressive! 🙂
It was as though all my Christmases had come at once 🙂
WOW that is AWESOME mileage! Well done!
Well done on your Juneathon! See you at the Thunder Run