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Name: Richard Hill
Home parkrun: Brueton, Solihull
Total Number of parkruns: 34
Parkrun locations so far: Brueton, Cannon Hill, Coventry, Killerton, Bushy,
Nonsuch, Riddlesdown, Leamington
I did Leamington parkrun today. This was my 8th
parkrun location, and the 3rd that I have done by bike, with the 28k
ride from Solihull taking me an hour and 5 mins. I’m on a mission to do all the
midland parkruns by bike this year.
There is a leisure centre just a little way from the parkrun
start, and so I was able to take advantage of this, and transition from cycling
gear to running gear, and after the run, a shower and a second change in to
shopping with the Mrs gear. She came later in the car, and so I got my fix, and
then clocked up some brownie points too.
I did cut it a bit fine only arriving a minute or two before
the off. The run itself is on tracks around the perimeter of Newbold Comyn. It’s
a little muddy, but not boggy. At about 2k there is a steep climb, but after
another couple of shallow ups and downs, you’re rewarded with a long gentle descent,
to about the 4k mark. Then the last kilometre is back on the flat skirting the
Great hospitality from the volunteer team, with drinks laid
on in the pavilion from where we started and finished. Thank you Leamington
I finished the run in 23:37, 47th of 154 runners,
over a minute slower than my PB at Brueton last week, but still happy enough with
my time. I should have allowed myself a bit more time before the start. Wasn’t prepared for the hill etc etc. I’m always
full of excuses.
As a “parkrun tourist” destination, Leamington gets 5 stars
in my book. It has a great course and lovely people. Other pluses being the
proximity of the leisure centre and the renowned town centre. I’m hoping to do it again soon and will hopefully
improve my time.