This weekend began with an inaugural parkrun and ended with an ultimate ultra.
Fulham Palace parkrun, near Putney Bridge, is a two and a half lap circuit of Bishop’s Park. It’s tarmac, flat, has a great looking playground, stacks of bicycle parking, a choice of cafés and good public transport links. 192 people finished, approximately 100% of the starting field and the final finisher completed in just under 45 minutes.
I wasn’t running, and was there purely to socialise, though I justified my existence by donning a hi-viz vest, standing at a corner and offering encouragement to as many people as possible.
Caesar’s Camp, near Aldershot, was a three/five/ten lap loop within the MOD training grounds. It was trail, hilly (1500 ft ascent per lap), featured a tent, four portaloos, car parking, a very well stocked aid station and limited public transport links. 10 people finished the 100 mile option, approximately 25% of the starting field, and the final finisher completed in just under 27 and a half hours.
I wasn’t running, and was there purely to socialise, though I justified my existence by filling a few glasses, making a couple of cups of tea and doing the occasional bit of washing up.
Two events which are about as different as you can get, but which showcase the running community to perfection. I have rarely enjoyed a weekend more.