Jon’s turn for relative visiting saw us heading north via Eastbourne after Christmas and never one to miss either a parkrun or a parkrun tourism opportunity we decided to give Eastbourne parkrun a go after a very nice evening spent with his Aunt and Uncle. It’s a reasonably small parkrun with only around 100 regulars but is run mainly on a narrowish path so in this case smaller is definitely better! Some lovely friendly people though, one of their regulars came and had a chat with us beforehand which was a very nice touch. The course is an out and back and almost entirely flat barring an underpass/bridge bit. It had been mercifully dry before the start but about 2 mins in to the race it started absolutely chucking it down, to the point where the raindrops were actually painful, and with tired legs from Christmas Day parkrun and the day before’s 9 mile training run I wasn’t exactly full of post-Christmas cheer. The marshalls were very encouraging though, and with it being an out-and-back it wasn’t long before the fast chaps (incl. Jon) were passing on their way back with words of encouragement, so I dug in and made it to the turnaround point – only half a parkrun to go!
The way back was relatively uneventful other than puddle dodging and trying not to yell at the people who kept sprinting then stopping in front of me, and I finally crossed the line in a rather bedraggled 28.19, a shame really as on a nice day I reckon it is a pretty quick course. Jon fared much better than me coming in 12th in just under 21 mins, and was also chipper as I’d suggested he leave his jumper under a tree rather than on the fence, so he had something warm and dry to wear for the long haul back north. I was glad we had gone anyway and would recommend it as it is definitely a quick course for anyone who feels the urge for a fast PB but doesn’t mind driving the length of the country to get one!