parkrun #34: Gunnersbury

Gunnersbury parkrun is a single lap, which was a nice surprise, and a bit unusual in London. It’s a varied route, and (unusually for a single lap) you have a good sense of how far through the run you are, as you start from the centre of a big figure of 8. The route is relatively flat, although there are some longish stretches of gradual uphill. Most is on tarmac, with some shorter sections on grass.

Significant restoration work is underway on the mansion/museum at the moment, and the boating lake has been drained and fenced off. I can see from the pictures that it’s normally a very pretty part of the course, and work is due to be completed in 2017.  

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The boating lake under restoration


I didn’t spy any buggies this week, but spent much of the run in awe of a *very* pregnant lady who came past me early on, and who I had no hope of keeping up with. I finished in 26.23, which was not too shabby at all, and a big improvement on previous weeks. Looking at the results, Pregnant Lady must have finished in under 26 minutes.

Many thanks to the run director and volunteers for organising the event. I particularly liked that there was a timer at halfway to let you know how you were getting on.

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The finishing stretch


I’m running a different parkrun each week through 2016 to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Please head over to my JustGiving page if you’re able to help out 🙂


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