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. In addition to actually running at the events, I love to write blog posts (profiles on the venues, I suppose) about each venue in the hope that these will be of interest and helpful to other runners. I am currently taking a hiatus from touring to concentrate on my new home parkrun at Dartford.

current parkrun goals:
  • help to build a great community at Dartford parkrun
  • to join the Cowell club (100 different venues)
  • to run the parkrun uk alphabet (as many letters as are available in the uk [X, Z not possible])
  • to join the 250 club
  • #7weeksofparkrun in one day
  • to visit all the venues in London, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Sussex and Surrey
  • to be proficient in all volunteering roles

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 mens 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)
  • ran at fifty different venues [half-cowell / cow] (achieved on 30 Nov 2013)
  • completed the #sevenweeksofparkrun challenge (achieved on 10 May 2014)
  • helped to get a parkrun set up in Dartford
  • won the first mens points competition at Dartford (2014-15)
  • member of the v25 club (backdated to aug 2012)
  • credited as volunteer on 200 different ocassions (26 July 2015)
  • have run official parkruns on every single day of the week (25 December 2015)

Please note that with my current focus being on my new home parkrun, the information below is not currently being updated so is not quite up to date.

my map:

In order to make my map manageable, I have marked a borderline and try to keep an eye on anything inside the marked area. My main focus is to complete and then maintain the six closest counties to my home (Kent/London/Essex/Sussex/Surrey/Hertfordshire].

Green: Visited
Red: Not visited but on the list
Purple: Venue not yet active [also covers some rumoured venues, but not all]


View parkrun7t in a larger map


Current unvisited venues in my six closest counties

Kent:
Lullingstone: (offroad / hilly) [APRIL]
Folkestone: (fairly flat)(have run a freedom run here)

Essex:
Thurrock: (grass / looks flat)
Harwich: (mostly tarmac, some grass. slope down (up) to prom)

London:
Tooting Common: (three laps)
Hertfordshire:
Gadebridge (undulating grass and tarmac)

Sussex:
Horsham: (three laps around outside of park, undulating)
Hove Prom (out and back-ish style course. seafront)
Hastings (out and back, tarmac seafront)
Chichester (3 laps, mostly grass, some tarmac)
Bognor Regis (4 laps, tarmac twisty course)
Bevendean Down (2 laps, grass, hilly) [starts feb 2016]

Surrey:
Guildford: (two laps / grass / tarmac)
Woking: (three laps / flat) [twisty?]
Cranleigh (offroad two laps - stunning views over surrey hills) [SOON]


Other venues under 1.5hrs drive (not up to date)
Cambridge: 61 miles / 1 hour, 9 minutes
Rushmoor: 65 miles / 1 hour, 16 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
Bury St Edmunds: 82 miles / 1 hour, 24 minutes


Over 1.5hrs drive from Dartford (not up to date)

Chichester: 79.5 mile / 1 hour, 40 minutes
Bognor Regis: 80 miles / 1 hour, 44 minutes
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
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)


My non-Saturday official parkruns:

Sunday:
25/12/2011 Riddlesdown
01/01/2012 Riddlesdown
01/01/2012 Roundshaw Downs

Monday:
07/05/2012 Frimley Lodge (Bank Holiday Run)
04/06/2012 Riddlesdown (Golden Jubilee Bank Holiday - Monday)

Tuesday:
05/06/2012 Nonsuch (Golden Jubilee Bank Holiday - Tuesday)
25/12/2012 Hilly Fields (when xmas day doubles were permitted)
25/12/2012 Dulwich (when xmas day doubles were permitted)
01/01/2013 Riddlesdown
01/01/2013 Roundshaw Downs

Wednesday:
25/12/2013 Great Lines
01/01/2014 Lloyd
01/01/2014 Banstead

Thursday:
26/07/2012 Bespoke (Olympics event at Highbury Fields)
25/12/2014 Bexley
01/01/2015 Dartford
01/01/2015 Shorne

Friday:
25/12/2015 Harlow
01/01/2016 Hatfield Forest
01/01/2016 Barclay


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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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