parkrun

parkrun:

'parkrun organise free, timed, 5k runs in pleasant parkland surroundings around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in'. Just register on the parkrun website, print out your personal barcode and away you go. The barcode is valid at all parkruns worldwide. For more information, visit the parkrun website - from here you can access the webpage that applies to your country/region.

about parkrun
parkrun uk
parkrun uk registration page
parkrun events

general:

I ran my first parkrun in May 2011 at Banstead Woods with the intention of visiting different venues, then when Riddlesdown parkrun started, I found my parkrun home, dropped the idea of touring and stuck to this one venue for the next year. In the latter part of 2012 I reverted to my original plan of visiting different parkruns around London and the South East of England, and as of March 2014 have currently run at over 60 different ones including all of the venues in London and Kent, with Surrey and Essex to hopefully follow shortly. In addition to actually running at the events, I love to write blog posts about each venue in the hope that these will be of interest and helpful to other runners. My main volunteering role is 'communications person' for Riddlesdown parkrun's Facebook page but I have also performed the role of report writer which also allows me to run, and non-running duties of marshal, registration, photographer, and timer (half-way) roles all at Riddlesdown. I have also been photographer, marshal and registration at Bushy Junior parkrun.

current parkrun goals:
  • To run at all of the venues in Surrey
  • To run at all of the venues in Essex
  • To run the parkrun uk alphabet (as many letters as are available in the uk [J, X, Z not possible]) 
  • To remember to re-visit my favourite courses
  • To better my current parkrun streak of 59 runs over 53 weeks
  • To complete the #sevenweeksofparkrun challenge (ongoing - started on 29 March 2014)
  • To join the 250 club
  • To help get a parkrun set up in Dartford

parkrun achievements:
  • Awarded the Sweatshop runner of the month prize for August 2011 at Riddlesdown
  • Member of the 50 club (Achieved on 5 May 2012. 344 days from my first parkrun)
  • Ran at every one of the first 56 events at Riddlesdown (The full first year)
  • Completed a streak of 59 parkruns over 53 consecutive weeks (including 50 in 302 days)
  • Won the first men's points competition at Riddlesdown (2011-12) 
  • Featured as parkrunner of the week ( 6 Feb 2013 )
  • Member of the 100 club (Achieved on 13 July 2013)
  • Have run at all of the current London venues (Achieved on 30 Nov 2013) #regionaire for London
  • Ran at fifty different venues (achieved - on paper 30 Nov 2013 / in reality 7 Dec 2013)
  • Have run at all of the current Kent venues (Achieved on 22 Feb 2014) #regionaire for Kent
  • Have run at all of the current Sussex venues (achieved on 29 March 2014) #regionaire for Sussex

By following the links below, you'll find some information on the venues that I have visited (venues with a red background are planned but not yet visited). They are still a 'work in progress' so expect them to look odd sometimes - Within the M25 / South East (outside M25).

my map:

Green: Visited
Red: Not visited but on the list
Purple: Venue not yet active


View parkrun7t in a larger map


Current unvisited venues within 1.5hrs drive from Dartford (closest first):

Brentwood: 15 miles / 24 minutes (NOT YET ACTIVE)
Basildon: 19 miles / 28 minutes
Chelmsford: 26 miles / 36 minutes
Royal Tunbridge Wells: 29 miles / 37 minutes (starts on 26 april)(7wop)
St. Albans: 44 miles / 58 minutes
Colchester: 51 miles / 1 hour
Braintree: 52 miles / 57 minutes (NOT YET ACTIVE)
Guildford: 52 miles / 1 hour
Rickmansworth: 53 miles / 1 hour, 3 minutes (NOT YET ACTIVE)
Folkestone: 58 miles / 58 minutes (NOT YET ACTIVE)
Upton Court: 61 miles / 1 hour, 8 minutes (parkrun alphabet)(7wop)
Cambridge: 61 miles / 1 hour, 9 minutes
Alice Holt: 66 miles / 1 hour, 17 minutes
Ipswich: 67 miles / 1 hour, 18 minutes (parkrun alphabet)
Woodley: 71 miles / 1 hour, 25 minutes
Wycombe Rye: 72 miles / 1 hour, 20 minutes
Reading: 74 miles / 1 hour, 29 minutes
Huntingdon: 76 miles / 1 hour, 23 minutes
Basingstoke: 77 miles / 1 hour, 23 minutes
Milton Keynes: 77 miles / 1 hour, 28 minutes
Bury St Edmunds: 82 miles / 1 hour, 24 minutes


Over 1.5hrs drive from Dartford

Bedford: 82 miles / 1 hour 45 minutes
Brandon: 87 / 1 hour 35 minutes
Thetford: 88 miles / 1 hour 39 minutes
Havant: 90 miles / 1 hour 41 minutes
Northampton: 92 miles / 1 hour 44 minutes
Winchester: 93 miles / 1 hour, 40 minutes
Andover: 96 miles / 1 hour 44 minutes
Southsea: 96 miles / 1 hour 50 minutes
Newbury: 100 miles / 1 hour 47 minutes
Eastleigh: 101 miles / 1 hour 47 minutes
Oxford: 102 miles / 1 hour 53 minutes
Abingdon: 102 miles / 1 hour 57 minutes
Southampton: 106 miles / 1 hour 55 minutes
Netley Abbey: 111 miles / 1 hour 59 minutes
Mulbarton: 114 / 2 hours 6 minutes
Norwich: 117 / 2 hours 13 minutes
Brockenhurst: 118 miles / 2 hours 6 minutes
Fritton Lake: 118 / 2 hours 25 minutes
Catton: 120 miles / 2 hours 18 minutes
Blickling: 130 miles / 2 hours 34 minutes
Sheringham: 136 miles / 2 hours 46 minutes
Great Yarmouth: 137 miles / 2 hours 33 minutes

Yeovil Montacute: 155 miles / 2 hours 50 minutes (parkrun alphabet)


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For information on parkrun UK please visit their website - here
To view the list of UK venues please click - here

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