Event 12 Wimbledon Common

Wimbledon Team photo

Review

Today running around the beautiful Wimbledon Common parkland was nice and refreshing in cooler conditions than of late with a light drizzle in the air at the start of the race!

With Peter _ Patrick

It was great to meet Peter Collins (in red) today in the flesh after chatting to him on a post that I placed on Runnersworld.co.uk website about my parkrun adventure! I ended up running with his brother in law Patrick (in white) in this race and trust me it will not be long before you break that 30 minute barrier, well done in getting a new PB today!

Special Mention to Liam todays run director apart from everybody making me feel welcome you have a great dry wit! The line that i loved when you introduced me to the Wimbledon parkrun community will stick in my mind forever, “Mark is running all 45 parkruns in the Greater London area in one year and this is event 6 and as you can see he is not running them in alphabetical order ūüôā

Course

Wimbledon Route map

Run over two and a bit anticlockwise laps of trail paths that is for a large part run under a canopy of trees. This is a very flat course with only an 8 metre gain through its entire length but as stated on their course description with a large amount of rain it would be advisable to run in trail shoes!

Also an important note be very aware of the exposed tree roots on the course as the could be a potential trip hazard, to be fair to the team though they have sprayed white the most dangerous ones on the course!

Personal Stats

My parkrun time 31:57

Important Info

Park Facilities

Wimbledon Windmill Museum

There is amble free parking catering for 300 cars and toilets are available before the start of the race. There is the windmill cafe available for a post race cuppa and all of these facilities are very close to the finish of the parkrun that is great!

Shame that the windmill was shrouded in scaffolding today due to the fact it’s blades are being refurbished with a lottery grant, been nice to have looked around the museum!

Final Verdict

Thank you for the very kind reception from everyone that I received on my visit today, keep reading my blog Peter and Liam do not change you have a priceless rare sense of humour that should be treasured!

Will definitely recommend,

Run on the  30-07-2016

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Mark aka Silent Runner

 

Event 11 Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Team photo

Review

Very beautiful but hilly heath parkland to run my event 5 on a hot sunny day, there was is a large amount of construction work taking place at the moment with diggers and fenced off areas that is part of the Hampstead Heath Ponds project which meant that we had to run the alternate route B

It was very lovely to have company today running with my fellow Stopsley Strider Claire Frost it made the pain of running beside the famous Parliament¬†Hill quite bearable ūüôā

Hampstead Selfie

Special mention to all the beginners completing in our own Stopsley Striders graduation run today at Luton, Wardown Park parkrun we are all proud of what you have achieved!

Very well done to my team that comprised on the day Louise, Anna, Cindy and Claire with the able assistance of Mariaand Amanda that supported me coaching throughout the 12 week course, brilliant running ladies!

Wardown Graduation team photo

Finally need to send a memo to myself I don‚Äôt care how confused I get trying to find the start of a parkrun need to make sure that I am running in my trainers (that were in the car) and not my summer plimsoles ūüôā

Plimsoles Hampstead

Course

Route B map

Route B is the current section of the parkrun team due to the building work taking place and is known to be the harder route as it has a hill up to the finish line!

The route comprised of a start that was a downhill that opened up into 2 clockwise laps that at one point run beside the famous Parliament Hill used in the national cross country!

Once you have finished the last lap you turn left to run back up where you come from with the finish 50 metres further on when you reach the top!

This is definitely one of the most challenging parkruns that I will encounter on my capital adventure but one I would like to come back and run it again and take that overall 68 metre gain!

Personal Stat

My parkrun time 35:19

Important info

Park Facilities

There are a number of cafes available toilets on the park, but one of its biggest draws is the availability of a number of bathing ponds that allows for public swimming!

Parking is available on street paid metre £2 for 2 hours that is close to the start, postcode NW3 1NT

Final Verdict

Very beautiful park that is an excellent parkrun challenge, thank you very much to run director Andi and her team for making me welcome, greatly appreciated guys!

Next time I will bring my hill legs and swimming trunks and go for a swim!

Run on the 23-07-2016

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Mark aka Silent Runner

 

Event 10 Southwark

Southwark

Review

Lovely well kept park for event 4 of my Capital parkrun adventure lead by Douglas the run director and ably supported by his very friendly crew on volunteers that all made me welcome!

It was my pleasure today to chat to Philippa and son Timothy on the left hand side of the above picture who are visiting from Newcastle, Australia! Sorry about the weather but enjoy  the show Wicked today and the rest of your stay in the UK, maybe one day I might run your parkrun in Newcastle!

Finally I must be starting to get recognised on this adventure, I was overtaken by this fellow park runner who acknowledged me as Mark the guy is writing the parkrun blog, thank you sir greatly appreciated!

Course

Almost flat 3 anticlockwise laps of Southwark park that is run entirely on wide tarmac paths that makes overtaking easy! There is a bit of a dogleg around the children play area then when you run by the duck pond, there is an outwards bound loop back run on itself at the far end of the course.

Overall a fast flat PB style of course that at the moment is second only to Dulwich as a parkrun that you must run to improve your times!

Southwark course map

Personal Stats

My parkrun time 31:24

Important Info

Park Facilities

Free car park at the Hawkstone Road entrance to the park, toilet facilities is a bit limited before 9am but as stated you can use the toilet facilities of the local sports centre Seven Islands Leisure Centre from 8am onwards!

Post run coffee today Witherspoon’s that was only half a mile from the finish line and had very good company it was too!

Final Verdict

Very warm welcome from everybody at Southwark parkrun, definitely a top PB style of course just need to hit the speedwork sessions back home next week!

Finally I hope you all have a great 150 event next week guy’s!

Run on the 16-07-2016

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Mark aka Silent Runner

 

 

Event 9 Kingston

kingston-volunteers

Review

Beautiful location for a parkrun running beside the iconic river Thames and on route past the famous Teddington Lock where the tidal section of the river finishes!

Today it was great to have some family cheerleaders on the route namely Uncle Dermott, cousin Adrian and not forgetting my best pal Barny the dog ūüôā Thanks for turning up guys greatly appreciated!

family-affair

Course

This is a very fast flat PB route that only has a rise of 3m over the whole length and is run mainly on towpaths with a small loop on Hamlands at the end of the outbound section, then you run the same way back to the finish!

Important note the course conditions were almost dry today, but if wet you may need to be a little bit careful of your footing around the Hamlands section that is grass trail!

Personal Stats

My parkrun time 30:41

Important Info

Park Facilities

Top notch the YMCA Hawker centre next to the finish has a large free car park and very important toilets are available before the race in the centre!

There is a children’s play area for the kids and the post run coffee inside the centre, they have a great touch by giving you a 15% discount off your bill on production of your parkrun barcode!

Final Verdict

Very well done to Terri and your parkrun team of volunteers, beautiful location to run and top PB course!

Excellent going Team Kingston!

Run on the 09-07-2016

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Mark aka Silent Runner

 

 

Event 8 Oak Hill

barnet-district-ac

Review

Excellent second parkrun event on my schedule based at Oak Hill, East Barnet. As always I had a very warm welcome from all the volunteers/patrons and felt at home chatting to the parkrun director of the day Robin as we all walked to the start!

Course

Today we run the alternate course B (picture below) that was I am told is a more challenging, the reason behind this was because vehicles were using the normal routes paths to set up for the East Barnet Festival!

The course was two and half anti-clockwise laps of the park with the back section along Church Hill Road gaining 37 metres on each lap! This is a very good testing course as I have no doubt that even harder events lay in wait for me! The finish was on a very welcoming downhill section so you could gather some speed for a sprint finish!

course-b-oak-hill

Personal Stats

My parkrun time 32:45

Total accumulative miles traveled = 59

Important Info

Park Facilities: Very welcoming post race cafe and all the facilities you would expect for a well maintained London park, well done!

Parking: More than enough free car park very close to the finish of the course b race

Final Verdict

I challenging but very enjoyable alternate route, with excellent volunteers headed by Robin on the day that made me feel at home for the whole of my visit!

Maybe one day I might¬†be back to run the easier course A ūüôā

Well done Oak Hill parkrun!

Run on the 02-07-2016

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Mark aka Silent Runner

 

 

Event 7 Dulwich

dulwich-parkrun-with-director

Review

Great start to my capital parkrun adventure with Dulwich being an excellent host, the people were very welcoming and the course looked beautiful in the summer sun!

Course

This is definitely a PB kind of course that is almost flat 3 anticlockwise laps of Dulwich park that is entirely run on tarmac footpaths, but if that is hard on your feet there is a sand track on the inside of the route!

dulwich-route

Personal Stats

My parkrun time was 31:28

Important Info

Park Facilities: Excellent post race cafe, tennis and basketball courts, boating lake that you can hire a boat to row on, finally public toilets are available before the start of this event!

Parking: Free but limited spaces inside the park but should be fine if you get there early.

Final verdict

Excellent event with a great bunch of volunteers, definitely if I was fit enough a 100% PB designed course that was in a very well maintain London park!

Top stuff Guy’s ūüôā

Run on the 25th June 2016

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Mark aka Silent Runner

 

Capital Adventures 2016-17 reports

This was my schedule and run reports for my Greater London parkrun charity adventure that started on the 25th June 2016 at Dulwich and finished a year later on 24th June 2017 back at my home parkrun of Luton, Wardown 

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Home parkrun

My local parkrun is Luton, Wardown that has been established just over a year now and is going from strength to strength, it now regularly boasts over 200 runners each week!

It is staged in beautiful Wardown Park that is fed by the river Lea, has a museum and cricket club onsite!

I will miss you while I complete this Greater London parkrun challenge.

See you all in May 2017!

Note: First ever blog post from my Capital Adventures blog dated 06/06/2016

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