On Saturday, I popped down to Bath to run Bath Skyline parkrun. It involved a 4:20am alarm call and a round trip of over 200 miles for which I got to spend an hour with a friend (who lives within 15 miles of my house), admire a view (Oooh! Pretty!), and add one more parkrun to my collection (preserving my place on a meaningless table).
The thought of such a jaunt wouldn’t even occur to most people, and for many others it would be quickly suppressed. But living in a world where you are the odd one out is much less fun than living in a world where you’re normal, which is where social media comes into its own.
Because on social media you can find groups such as UK parkrun tourists. It’s inclusively exclusive. It has a single criterion for membership. Meet that, and you’re in (assuming you want to be). What’s the criterion? Theoretically, it’s simply being so far gone into the world of parkrun tourism that you’ll never utter the words “you travelled *how* far for a parkrun?!”. However, as that’s not something that it’s possible to measure, in practice, the criterion is being on the most events table. It’s not perfect, but it does the job.
So if you’re on Facebook and on the most events table and want to join the fun, look us up. Just don’t be surprised if you find yourself in a Toby Carvery miles from home one New Year’s Eve, as you travel ever further for a parkrun that you neither you nor your new friends have run.