Gunpowder parkrun

Gunpowder parkrun

A very flat course around Gunpowder Park, on the Essex/Middlesex border, just inside the M25. The postcode provided (EN9 3GP) takes you directly to the car park and it is very easy to find. The car park holds about 100 cars, which seemed plenty for parkrun, and is free for up to one hour but…

Eden Project parkrun

Eden Project parkrun

Eden Project parkrun   A spectacular run around the Eden Project parkrun in Cornwall. There are only two UK mainland-based parkruns that are farther south-west than this (as of Nov 2017), so it’s probably quite a mission for most people in the UK, but it’s so unusual that it’s definitely worth it. Using the postcode…

ellenbrook fields parkrun

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun

  A very flat run around the fields next to the University of Hertfordshire. Our SatNav took us to the wrong campus with the provided postcode (AL10 9AB), so we typed in “Mosquito Way” and then followed the road signs for De Havilland Campus. The campus car park is pay and display, however it is…

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Stevenage parkrun

Stevenage parkrun   A Hertfordshire parkrun taking in almost two laps of Fairlands Valley Park, with scenic views of the main lake. There is a cafe with toilets that are open before the run and a children’s play park (which you will run past twice, as part of the course). The cafe isn’t open at…

Normanby Hall parkrun

Normanby Hall parkrun

Normanby Hall parkrun A totally flat course around the grounds of Normanby Hall, near Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire. The postcode provided (DN15 9HU) took us directly into the car park. There is also a large overflow car park but it is on grass, so on rainy days your car will get muddy if you have…

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Bushy parkrun

Bushy parkrun Bushy Park is a scenic Royal Park and the course meanders around the Easternmost half of the park taking in cricket grounds, lakes, lots of trees and a deer or two. The course was originally an anticlockwise loop which was reversed in later years. More recently the course has changed again and is…

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Peterborough parkrun

Peterborough  parkrun A very scenic, very flat course around Ferry Meadows Country Park. The course is an out and back, with a loop at each end, run mostly around the lake and entirely on tarmac paths.  There is only one hill and that is over a small bridge, which you cross twice. There is large car…

STRYD Review Apple Watch

Apple Watch + STRYD :: First Run and APPLE WATCH Accuracy

I find that the STRYD app and general STRYD experience on the Apple Watch is very good. Much better than I had expected from both the watch and from a new app. This post is entitled ‘First Run’. That’s not strictly true as keen-eyed and regular readers would have inferred from Friday’s post. This is,…

RIDE LONDON ZWIFT

PRU Ride London – Again

The PRU Ride London probably falls into the ‘iconic’ category. A visiting cyclist to London & Surrey would definitely love the ride and all it takes in. If you only do Sunday group/club rides then the Ride London, for many, will be a step up in excitement as you cycle closely to several tens of…

NEPAL: Impact Marathon Series – Saturday 18 November 2017

The Impact Marathon Series are races for those who think differently, run for the good of others and dream they can leave an impact.  Founded in 2015 by Nick Kershaw and Matt Fenton, IMS organizes races in four developing locations: Nepal, Malawi, Colombia and Guatemala. Like many more mainstream marathon companies IMS encourage runners to…

Mental tips for runners before, during and after a marathon

With the London marathon taking place on Sunday, 23 April, runners can prepare for the mental demands of this notoriously challenging event by following the advice issued by the University of Kent’s ‘psyching teams’. Introduced to the UK by Dr Carla Meijen, Lecturer in Sport Psychology in Kent’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, ‘psyching…