parkrun #24: Fell Foot

Dave and I headed off to the Lake District for a half-term holiday last week. Setting off from London, the Lake District felt like a mistake. It was cold and raining, and we were expecting a bracing few days ahead. However, it got sunnier and sunnier as we headed up the M6, and by the time we got there it was clear that we really should have packed the sunscreen rather than the rain macs.

Handily (ok, not handily – this was entirely planned), we were close by to Fell Foot parkrun. Fell Foot is a national trust site at the bottom of Lake Windermere, with a super-pretty parkrun course.

The course is mostly on grass, with a bit of tarmac and a bit of gravel. It’s a figure of 8 lap, which you go round not quite twice, looping round a meadow and heading down to the edge of the lake. The views across the lake and mountains are stunning, and for relatively little effort in terms of hills on the parkrun itself.

Dave ran round with me until just before the end, when he sprinted off for the finish. We finished in 26.22 and 26.37 – see results. Other parkrunners sensibly took a post-parkrun dip in the lake to cool down.

Fell Foot

at the finish


Other highlights from the holiday included navigating with a hand-me-down guidebook from the 1980s (remarkably successful), and reading our books while floating around in a rowing boat in the middle of Lake Windermere. Highly recommended.


I’m running 52 different parkruns over the course of 2016 to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. If you’re able to help out, please head over to my JustGiving page.


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