Luton Wardown parkrun

Monday / Tuesday

Me: I may be in the wilds of Yorkshire this Saturday. Any parkrun recommendations?  Hilly trail preferred.

Tourist Hive Mind: Oakwell Hall, though if you’re close to the M62 it might not take *that* much longer to get to Watergrove

Me: Ooh.  I’m very close to the M62 and Watergrove is very high on my wish list.

Tourist Hive Mind: Apparently Watergrove is the next nearest to a fell parkrun after Lyme Park.

Me: Next nearest by distance or next nearest “Lyme Park is fellier*”.

Tourist Hive Mind: As in Lyme Park is fellier**.

Friday mid afternoon

Friend: Where are you parkrunning this weekend?

Me: Well it was going to be Lyme Park, Watergrove or Oakwell Hall, but I can’t face the idea of Friday evening on the M1 so I’ll probably drive up tomorrow and parkrun somewhere on the way.  Barclay? Panshanger? Luton?

Friday late afternoon

Me: Greetings friend-who-I-haven’t-seen-for-ages.  I’m heading north tomorrow morning and running a parkrun on the way up.  Luton is one of the possibilities but I’ve tagged it as a “liaise with friend-who-I-haven’t-seen-for-ages” one.  Are you up for a parkrun at such short notice?

Friend-who-I-haven’t-seen-for-ages: Yes!  That sounds fabulous!

All of which found me at a flat***, tarmac parkrun in the wilds of Bedfordshire that’s about as far from felly**** as you can get, catching up with not only my friend, but also a fellow tourist (who came bearing cake and balloons for the six parkrunners running their 50th parkruns and the parkrunner running his 10th), and a runner I first met at Thunder Run way back in 2012.

There’s a lot to be said for last minute planning.

* Yes, fellier is a word!

** See!  If it wasn’t a word would other people be using it?

*** Off-flat.  Like the hint-of-a-tint off-white paint that you can buy.  Though you do run the rise four times in the three and a smidge laps of the course.

**** Felly is a word too.


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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1 Response to Luton Wardown parkrun

  1. ultraboycreates says:

    I like the word felly – this is good

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