The Ups & Downs of parkrun

26. July 2017 outdoors, parkrun 0
Some people like hills, goats they are traversing steep glens and valleys, lolloping up inclines and down dales as if their name was Billy or Nanny. For me hills are those things that need to be done when they need to be done, I’m a fast twitch muscle fibre sort of person and you don’t ...

Muddy Ayr

15. July 2017 outdoors, parkrun, run, video 0
Another Saturday morning another parkrun. This time after an early start I turned up at a muddy, drizzle spotted Ayr.               Puddles and mud aplenty. The Ayr event is held in the grounds of Rozelle House, a fine old building that houses art collections and those essential parkrun staples ...

Egged on at Eglinton

10. June 2017 outdoors, parkrun, run, video 0
This morning, the weather app informed me that it was going to be wet regardless of where I travelled to on my park run tourism quest. I decided therefore to venture to south west Scotland and the Eglinton parkrun, held near Irvine, in North Ayrshire. At another unknown, (to me) gem of a public space. ...

The Apricot Army

A “rest” day today had me dodging the Ultra-Violet rays as the 1km out & 300m to go marshal at the Edinburgh parkrun, on Cramond foreshore. The sun made an appearance as did many parkrun tourists who had made the trip north to Scotland’s capital for the Edinburgh half & full marathon events tomorrow. As ...

Puffing at Pollock

On the trail again with the “parkrun caravan” turning up at Pollok parkrun within the leafy space that is Pollok Park in the South West of Glasgow. For you cultured types the park is the home of the Burrell Collection, but don’t go hoping to be a culture vulture as the collection museum is being ...

Va Va Voom Vogrie parkrun 15/4/17

Remember Crackerjack? C’mon, you do? It was on Beeb 1 for decades. It used to start with – “It’s Friday, It’s 5 O’clock, It’s CRACKERJACK!!” Queue the hormonally enthused audience of pre-adolescents and beyond, cheering and bellowing, fuelled by sugar and the colourants ingested with their tea time snacks. So It’s Saturday, It’s 09:30 (other ...

Cassiobury parkrun 1/4/17

After being in London for work on a Friday, I decided to stay over to collect another piece of the parkrun tourist puzzle. I was staying at Wembley and took the 35 minute trip on the Metropolitan line north to the end of the Watford branch. At the station there’s a set of toilets, just ...

Southwark parkrun 4/3/17

04. March 2017 image, outdoors, parkrun, run, video 0
I found myself in London for work purposes today. I was taking part in the #ourNHS march and rally. Politics over but that’s what the mention in the video was referencing. So there I was and I decided to squeeze in a parkrun along with my compadre Dave before work began. Southwark parkrun was picked ...

Edinburgh parkrun 11/2/17

11. February 2017 outdoors, parkrun, photos, run, video 0
This morning after a recent spate of parkrun wandering and savouring other running fare I decided to return to the Edinburgh variant held on the River Forth foreshore at Cramond. Being on the shore path with nothing stopping the North Sea from chucking all and sundry at the route, you take your climatic chances. When ...

Northala Fields parkrun 4/2/17

04. February 2017 outdoors, parkrun, photos, video 0
Another Saturday, another parkrun. This week with a click of their heels the magic running shoes took me to Northala Fields in North West London, near the west end of the Central Line, that’s the red one. There was the first timers briefing. A tarpaulin on the ground and some benches to place your stuff ...