parkrun #31: Gunpowder

I was planning to head over to Gunpowder on my own, but in a surprise turn of events, managed to persuade Sexy Dave to come with me. (He’s complained previously about being called Lovely Dave, so I thought I’d change it up a bit.)

I learned from a visitor post on the Gunpowder Facebook page that the course crosses the Greenwich meridian, starting in the Western hemisphere and finishing in the Eastern hemisphere. It’s 2 and a bit laps (the bit is important to reach the Eastern hemisphere), and is run on gravel paths through heathland-like terrain, which was very loud with crickets when we were there.  The route is easy enough to follow that it doesn’t need any marshals.

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Dave ran very fast, finishing in just under 22 minutes, which was a big improvement on the other runs he’s done this year. He did however have a slight barcode disaster, so isn’t recorded on the results. (Turns out that leaving your barcode in your shoe for ‘safe keeping’ on a very hot and sweaty day is not a good idea.)

I finished in just over 27 minutes, which I thought was not too shabby on such a hot day – see results.

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It was a hot day…

Many thanks to the event director and volunteers this week, and especially the time-keeper who gave me a sneak preview of my time at the end so I didn’t have to wait for the results.

Dave was talking enthusiastically at the end about wanting to get sub-21 before Christmas, so I’m hopeful he might be persuaded to join me for a few more parkruns along the way. If anyone else would like to join for a run, please do let me know.

I’m running a different parkrun each week to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. If you’ve got a few spare pennies in your pocket please head over to my JustGiving page.

 

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