Although the clue is in the name (Thames Valley Park), I had no idea how big the river was through Reading. I turned up early and wandered along the river bank, watching the rowing and canoeing before my old flatmate James turned up. We headed down to the start for the run briefing, and our friend Oli made it just before the 3,2,1 go!
The course is a big wobbly lollipop shape. You run about 500m along the side of the river and up to a nature reserve, do a couple of loops round the nature reserve, and then return back along the river. The ground is a mixture of grass and gravel paths. It’s a flat, fast course, and I finished in 26.48 (see results). James and Oli both forgot their barcodes, but promise they finished in about 23 minutes, Oli nearly but not quite catching James up over the course having jogged the first kilometre with me.
Reading Joggers club was on race organisation and volunteering duties this week, and brought lots of cake to share at the finish. Which was much appreciated – thank you!
I’m running a different parkrun each week of the year to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Please head over to my JustGiving page if you’re able to help 🙂