On tour at Margate parkrun

When I started touring around different parkruns, the selling point was the sheer variety of the venues.  All the running I did during the week was on flat roads, and it mostly consisted of running from home to work and from work to home.  Through parkrun, I discovered hills, trail, trees, grass and slowly but surely, started to form preferences.  I love trail and trees, can appreciate fast and flat tarmac and really quite dislike grass.

After a while though,  I realised that the common factor that linked all my truly enjoyable parkrun experiences was the company.  Sometimes it came in the form of a planned meet up, for example when I persuaded Sharon and Carla to join me at Finsbury Park.  Occasionally, I’d unexpectedly cross paths with a tourist, for example when I met Ron Hill at Lloyd park.  Quite often, I’d chat in passing to a random parkrunner or three as we ran around the course, and on a few memorable occasions, that chat continued into the café and beyond, and I’d end up with a few more running friends than I started the day with.

So it was a real treat on Saturday to visit Margate parkrun as part of a small group and to be given the red carpet treatment* by their ED, Dennis Brandrick.  Chewing the cud over a coffee in the café after attempting an all out effort over the essentially flat, fast-on-a-windless-day-which-alas-it-wasn’t course and then going for a wander along the sandy beach made the stupid o’clock alarm call worthwhile.

*A personal invitation to the café after the run.  I’m extremely easy to please.


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3 Responses to On tour at Margate parkrun

  1. plustenner says:


  2. John Wade says:

    Isn’t parkrun tourism great?! I mostly go to Leamington which I love but today 6 of us went to Banbury for their first one. It was such a thrill….about half the people there had never done parkrun before, the route was completely different (criss-crossing the River Cherwell) and everyone was really friendly. We think we’ll try and do one tourist run a month.

    Where else have you been? Anywhere in the Midlands? Come and say hello at Leamington. We’re a friendly bunch and we have a wicked hill!

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