It was Saturday, I was in London, it had to be a Parkrun. Last time I visited it was Highbury Fields Parkrun, a five minute walk from my friends front door, but at about 11pm on Friday night I decided I didn’t fancy doing 5 laps round same small park (hate getting lapped by the fast men), so had little look on Striders site and saw Danny’s report of Hampstead Heath, liked the sound it wasn’t flat and on trails, as need hill practice for next Saturdays Harrier League, and I do love the Heath, so was happy to make a 20 minute car journey so I didn’t run in circles!
It was a beautiful winter day, bright blue skies and crisp, rather than freezing, as it had been most of week. I managed to park and then set off looking for start, which took me a bit of time. I finally spotted a group of about 60 people preparing to run and made it them just as organisers were making announcements, then we were off. The course itself was great, lots of ups and downs, the Heath being so big it felt we were million miles from Central London and I didn’t find it easy, which usually means I am trying, but think the combination of a lot of travel during week and far too much red wine night before, along with the climbs brought me in over 2 minutes slower than my PB, but remember Danny had said the same in his report and I wasnt there to smash PBs, but to blow the cobwebs away. Then head for post-race coffee to the Emporium, which I love but had to dash off so couldn’t join them, but will do next time I am down – their coffee and cakes are divine! A real gem of a Park Run and one I will definitely do again on next visit.