Monthly Archives: August 2014
Spitfire Scramble – a weekend full of generosity of spirit and wonderful people.
I have had a rather good weekend at the Spitfire Scramble, the latest addition to the ever-growing list of 24-hour relay races. I could give you a blow-by-blow description of the course*, I could give you a detailed summary of … Continue reading
St Helens parkrun
One of the most peculiar things about being a parkrun tourist is the number of times you come across people that you know. St Helens parkrun is about 200 miles from my normal stomping ground and just under two months … Continue reading
Wainwrighting: a new addiction
I appear to have developed a new addiction. It started innocently enough. I spent a weekend in the Lake District with a bunch of ultrarunners and was told in no uncertain terms that it would be criminal to leave without … Continue reading
Hither, thither and yon.
I spent Thursday night on the back seat of my car in the Lake District, Friday collecting Wainwrights, Friday night in a Travelodge in Liverpool, Saturday morning at St Helens parkrun, Saturday afternoon on a canal bank in Lancashire, Saturday night by a swing bridge in Yorkshire, … Continue reading
Cowell Club Coverage
A while ago, I spent a happy hour or two or three with the parkrun website and a spreadsheet to see whether there were any UK parkruns which had never been run by one of the eight members of the Cowell Club*. It … Continue reading
On Saturday, my training plan called for two hours of rolling trails. There are a lot of parkruns that can be incorporated into a two hour rolling trail run, for example Richmond, Banstead Woods, Queen Elizabeth, Hampstead Heath, Havant and … Continue reading
The Gods of Convenience and Impromptu Delights
The Gods of Convenience and Impromptu Delights played a blinder today. The God of Impromptu Delights kicked it all off yesterday by giving me the perfect excuse to swap a 40 minute run around the block for a ten-or-so mile section … Continue reading
Cuerden Valley, Roundhay and Queen Elizabeth parkruns
Three parkrundays, three very different parkrun experiences. Cuerden Valley parkrun Profile: Down. Two undulating laps. Up. Underfoot: Mixture of tarmac and trail. Surroundings: Stunning, with some lovely sections through the trees. Company: Superb – a tweetup with @knittingpenguin and @richeginger Goal: … Continue reading
Anyone for hash?
On Tuesday evening, I was standing on Wimbledon Common in a hi-viz jacket waiting for some club runners to appear when I had a short conversation with a passer-by. You know the sort. “Evening” “Evening” “What’s going on?” “Club race” … Continue reading
Facing my fears
My name is Abradypus and I have never run a track session. I didn’t set out to avoid track sessions, it just sort of happened. My club’s track session is at 9:30am on a Saturday, and as I was a … Continue reading