Concord parkrun

But no sonic boom for me!

Saturday saw me continuing my nomadic parkrunning experiences inspired by abradypus and lining up along with 29 other souls at the start of Concord parkrun in Sheffield.

It was a touch frosty but the edges of the paths were perfectly navigable and there was always the grass to run on when it got too slippy. I never cease to be amazed by the sheer exuberance of youth, many of whom actually had the energy to climb trees before the start or was it a cunning plan to get out of running?

Being a two lap course I set off steadily and was delighted by the downhill gradient after about 500 metres but, as is the way of these things, the uphill followed not too long afterwards though the course did flatten out as you pass the finish line for the first time.

I had a couple of my competitors in sight for most of the second lap but apologize profusely to Frances who I overtook on the second uphill and Michelle who I overhauled on the run in to the line. At 30:03 it was just under two minutes off my pb but even with the uphill gradient (we don’t have hills in Boston!) I enjoyed it greatly and was secretly a bit chuffed to see 3/4 of the youths come in behind me!

I’m surprised how few people are running this little gem of a parkrun especially as its sister event at Endcliffe Park regularly attracts in excess of 150 runners.

I probably won’t be there as I’ll be nomadding again, but next week they’re having festive treats etc. back at Elm Lane Fire Station Community Room which is where they take their post run coffee so come on parkrunners, give it a go, you’ll love it!

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About JovialGnome

Heavily into running 20 years ago with a PB of 1.42.00 in the Shrewsbury Half Marathon in 1985 and 3.48.49 in the Telford Marathon in 1986 - then for some reason I just stopped and have done little or no physical exercise between then and 2 or 3 years ago! I've now moved to Boston in Lincolnshire where I really enjoy looking after my 13 Ryeland ewes and 1 ram and am rejoicing in the distinct lack of hills! I suspect that sub 4 hour marathons are gone forever but hey, I'm having a great time trying!
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One Response to Concord parkrun

  1. abradypus says:

    Yay! Great to see you’re going to join in the Janathon fun.

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