Parkrun at the Double!


Whilst in past years I would’ve been nursing a hangover of sorts on New Year’s Day this year was different. Not because I don’t really go out anymore to see the New Year in as I do as a rule now spend that time with my wife and children but more to the point that I was more conscious of getting a good night’s sleep because of the impending Parkrun double taking place on New Year’s Day.

“Start the year as I mean to go on” was my thoughts as I was driving over to Huntingdon and Hinchingbrooke country park for part one of the double. This was still at the same start time of 9am and then after you finished you had to get in the car and over to Ferry Meadows in Peterborough for a 10:30am start to complete the double.

There was so many people that turned up for part one 310 runners in total. Quite a few “tourists” as they are referred to from Peterborough taking advantage of the staggered start times to also complete the double. I had arranged to meet a friend at the start line in Huntingdon but there was so many people milling about that it proved impossible. It was a great run, although the weather had been kind in terms of the frost easing off the course was still a challenge in certain parts. I crossed the line in 176/310 place in a time of 27:56 and only 39secs off my course PB ( Ha! Only! ). Having completed part one as soon as my barcode was scanned I headed off to the car to make it to Peterborough for part two of the double.

Photos Courtesy of Paul Homewood

Photos Courtesy of Paul Homewood

I had never attended the Peterborough Parkrun before and I to that end had never even been to Ferry Meadows. I followed my nose and actually lucked out in finding it relatively easy. As I parked the car I spotted my friend getting out of her car and it turns out she was at Huntingdon as well and had the same issues trying to find me. Well we had both made it to part 2 so we headed off down to the start line where I was one of a whopping 511 runners taking part. It was massively congested at the start and I don’t think I crossed the start line until 20secs or so after the race was underway. Unfortunately its only gun time that counts here and so that time would have to be made up if possible. The course itself could not be more different from Huntingdon if it tried. It was all on pavement ( a refreshing change of late) and mostly a very quick and flat course as it speeds twice around the lake. As the runners thinned out I could start to get an even pace going and I eventually crossed the line in 28:08 in 285/511 Place. I really would like to come back and have a go at this Parkrun again when there is less people on the start line and I haven’t already run 5k 30mins prior as I think it could be a very quick course to register a decent 5k Parkrun time.

Overall a great way to start 2015!