parkrun #11: Fulham Palace

This weekend was the women’s VIIIs Head of the River race, and my old rowing team decided it was prime time for a reunion. After someone put forward the ludicrous suggestion that we might like to get the crew back together to row the race, we settled on the (somewhat better) idea of spectating at a riverside pub. Which provided me with the perfect opportunity to try out the nearby Fulham Palace parkrun beforehand.

The course is a flat, tarmacked 3-lapper, which is ideal for buggies, children, beginners, and anyone chasing that elusive parkrun PB. (And also for muddy times of year!) My favourite part was a stretch along the river where you can look across and see the rowing boats on their morning outings.
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Me and Sophie 🙂

I ran round the course with fellow rower and parkrunner Sophie. We had 3 aims over the course of the run:
  1. To catch up with two small dogs which were running in front of us. (Achieved towards the start of the second lap when they stopped for a comfort break.)
  2. To catch up with two small children who were running in front of us. (Achieved at the end of the second lap when they decided to stop as they had only been aiming to complete two laps all along.)
  3. To finish within 30 minutes. Despite a bit of ‘you first’, ‘oh I couldn’t possibly – you go’ in place of the normal sprint to the line, we easily beat our target and finished up in a speedy 28:10. Results are up here: Fulham Palace 05.03.2016

Feeling very pleased with ourselves, we celebrated with breakfast in the Bishop’s Drawing Room, which turned out to be just about the poshest post-parkrun café I’ve ever seen.

Many thanks to the volunteers this week – we really enjoyed the event 🙂

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Post-parkrun café or the set of Pride and Prejudice?

I’m raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK over the course of the 52 parkruns. If you’d like to help out, please see my JustGiving page.


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