A distinct lack of parkrun tourism

I appear to have lost my taste for parkrun tourism. It happened last February too, when I ran an unprecedented four consecutive weeks at Wimbledon. This year has been slightly less dramatic, featuring Banstead Woods, Wimbledon, Hilly Fields (as a volunteer) and Fulham Palace, but the effect is the same.  Four weeks, and no new-to-me venues.

I had been planning some tourism for this morning.  My plan called for an 11 mile run featuring an all out parkrun PB attempt.  I scanned the list of new-to-me parkruns and settled on Southsea.  Flat, firm and, weather permitting, very suitable for a PB attempt.  And with scope for additional miles afterwards.  It was perfect.

Perfect, that is, until I received a text from a friend bowing out of our tentative Friday evening running plans and innocently asking where I was parkrunning on Saturday.

“Southsea”, I said.

“Oh”, she said, “too far away for me.”

“Hmmm”, I thought, “Early start and a solo long run or lie in and company?”

“Would Fulham Palace be doable?”



And just like that, in the space of five minutes and without a second thought, I ditched my planned tourism and opted for a local repeat.  And I loved every minute of it.


About abradypus

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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7 Responses to A distinct lack of parkrun tourism

  1. Can empathise, it shouldn’t feel like a chore. x

    • abradypus says:

      Indeed. My tourism started as a way of enjoying parkrun more, and realising how much I’ve enjoyed my last four parkrundays has made me wonder whether it’s time to strike a new balance.

  2. plustenner says:

    well done!

  3. AprilRuns says:

    This is a temporary February thing – we are almost hitting March!

  4. Time for a new season?
    Blog posts might get a bit samey though 😉

  5. abradypus says:

    There is hope. I’m due to slip in a little tourism this Saturday…

  6. Norm says:

    Since I hit my 100th I’ve only parkrun once in 5 weeks! And I’m away for next weekend too. Sometimes you just need a break to give the rest of life a chance to happen.

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