Worthing parkrun #3

“parkrun – Hard effort please. Way above half-marathon pace, if not all out.”

With Lakeland 100 less than 5 weeks away (gulp), my training plan is feeling a little relentless.  There’s nothing massive in there – the idea is that no single session is so hard that it couldn’t be repeated within 48 hours – but there are precious few rest days, rolling has been replaced with hilly and parkrun tourism has been firmly on the back burner.

I re-read the instructions.  All out.  Fulham Palace again?  A long-overdue return to Dulwich?  Idly, I checked my nearest new-to-me parkruns.  Ellenbrook Fields: mainly grass.  Thurrock: all grass.  Sittingbourne: gravel, trail, grass and complicated as all hell.  So far, so unpromising.  Panshanger: entirely off-road with a 700m incline at the start.  Bedgebury Pinetum: undulating.  Worthing: all tarmac, pancake flat.


I updated my sacrifices to the parkrun weather fairies and made plans*.

It was glorious.  The weather fairies accepted my sacrifices and rewarded me with sunshine and a gentle breeze.  The warm-up jog over the shingle beach made the tarmac prom feel super-fast**.  The cow cowl worked its magic and allowed me to stalk a couple of unsuspecting locals***.  I even managed to muscle in on some token sorting action at the end.

I will be back.


* Set alarm for not-too-early o’clock.  Park on the seafront a mile from the start so I had no excuse to skip a warm-up jog.  Locate toilets.  Take barcode and cow cowl.

** It was an illusion.  I’m still a good 30 seconds / mile off PB pace.

*** They weren’t sporting their cowls, but I recognised them from their photos, poor souls.


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2 Responses to Worthing parkrun #3

  1. Jo says:

    Hi Louise we met at Worthing last week. I was the other Greeny. Nice to put a face to a Twitter/blog name!

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