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 ...

Canons Park parkrun 17/12/16

15. January 2017 outdoors, parkrun, video 0
No parkrun for me this week end but what I have is a backlog of short video’s from my parkrun tourist adventures. I’m unlikely to return to some of these events so I will try to post and share my thoughts in case it helps someone else make a decision on wether to visit and ...

The Walk

The morning came and I looked at the results of the “pitch inspection” – positive news, both local events a bit icy and slippery but going ahead, (at your own risk of course). Just a slight problem. After taking junior to work for the start of his early shift I returned home and decided to ...

parkrun sweats!

13. January 2017 outdoors, parkrun 0
parkrun sweats!
No, the title of the post doesn’t relate to some recent sub 20 minute, Olympian inspired, sweat producing 5km. I’m on tenterhooks here, a creeping freeze resulting in the sort of weather that has brass monkeys anxious means a “pitch inspection” will be made at my two nearest parkruns in the morning. Inspections will be ...