Other Dan said he didn’t have the time to stray too far from home. I asked whether that was Northala Fields parkrun or Pymmes parkrun distance time and he confirmed that touring was on to Pymmes. We’ve been saving this one for a while. It’s relatively near & easy to drive to, it’s relatively fast, and it has a relatively small field of runners. Time it right and you have the chance of a high finishing position.
There’s plenty of parking on the adjoining road to the park and there’s a toilet block next to the finish area. The course is 3 laps of the park with Other Dan speeding into the distance while I pootled round trying to calculate whether I could beat all the female finishers for a second consecutive week. The answer to that question was a resounding no. I did go sub-25 for the first time in ages though.
Pymmes is a strange little parkrun. The usual friendly volunteers, a nice open park, no nearby parkrun events, and plenty of housing nearby. Not so many runners though. That doesn’t really matter; in fact I like the smaller events much more than the big events. It’s a strange one though.
Only 8 parkruns to go until I an Londone :-) We’ve got our eye on a New Years Day double to tick two of them off.