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.
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.
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.