Penrose parkrun

29 08 2016

In August, I usually miss a couple of parkruns when we head off to Cornwall on holiday. Travelling down to St. Ives on Saturday doesn’t help but with few parkruns in Cornwall, I just accept, reluctantly, to have a parkrun holiday.

This year, instead of driving down, we decided to save a bit of money on car hire by getting the overnight Megabus from London to Penzance. I travelled down Thursday night. As well as getting to Cornwall for a tenner, it meant I could get to Penrose parkrun on Saturday. Euphoria! It all seemed straight forward until the public transport options from Carbis Bay to Helston meant I’d have to leave about 6am just to cover a 9 mile distance using a combination of running, bus and train. Fortunately, the friends we were staying with offered me a lift if coffee could be guaranteed. A fair offer I thought!

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Sleeping swans at Helston

We arrived at Helston and first saw a lake with cafe attached. Excellent. I jumped out and did a warm up lap past some sleeping swans and then crossed the road to the car park near the start of the run. Penrose parkrun has been temporarily re-routed until Easter 2017 to allow the National Trust car park at Penrose Hill to be enlarged so I was half expected a less interesting route. Far from it. The run is reasonably flat from start to finish and it takes you out through some lovely woodland, alongside The Loe – the largest freshwater lake in Cornwall – and up to Penrose House. You then retrace your steps back to the start.

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Hands up if you’re a tourist!   (Photo: Penrose parkrun on Facebook)

A special mention to the volunteers who coped brilliantly with the numbers swelled by holiday makers – myself included. We were all made to feel very welcome so thanks to everyone who helped on the day, including a group from Nottingham!

Penrose parkrun

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20th July was a good day out

11 08 2016

Decided to celebrate my birthday with a long walk on the South Downs near Rottingdean. The day before was the hottest day of the year so Helen and I  were up early to beat the heat but it rapidly turned into the windiest day. We walked for about 6 miles and the farmland and meadows were full of swirling colour brought on by strong gusts. Click on the image below to get a feel for it!

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Meadows full of wild flowers

 

Later the same day I took part in an event I’d heard of years ago but always forgot about until it was too late. Beat the Tide is a 10k run along the foreshore at Worthing. Fantastic fun. Great to see so many familiar faces from Hove park parkrun doing this event.

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Setting off at Beat the Tide from near Worthing pier. Photo Jon Lavis

Fortunately we did beat the tide!

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Celebrating with Helen and friends

 

 





Three Forts Challenge – 1st May 2016

9 05 2016

Most of my training for this year’s Brighton marathon was off-road, up on the South Downs. It’s my favourite place to run now – far more relaxing than the roads and it has really helped my endurance. After the marathon, hoping to make the most of my training, I entered the The Three Forts Challenge, also known as  The Tough One. It’s a 27 mile route on the South Downs, starting in Worthing. It takes in the ancient hill forts of Cissbury Ring, Chanctonbury Ring and Devil’s Dyke. 3450 ft of climbing and nearly 6 hours to complete. What was I thinking of?!

Tough it certainly is but to take your mind off the aches and pains, the route is set in stunning countryside and brilliantly marshalled by some wonderful volunteers.

 

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‘Running’ up the final slope to Cissbury Ring with Paul.

 

I ran the whole distance with my friend Paul who I’ve been running with for years now – we started running 5km parkruns at Hove park, 7 years ago and now look at us!

Coming up to the finish after nearly 6 hours felt like a real achievement and it has really changed my focus on what I’ll enter this year. The Moyleman in Lewes and Beachy Head marathon are definitely on my list of things to do and I’ll certainly be back for The Tough One next year.

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Finishing never felt such a relief !

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Cissbury Ring

Chanctonbury Ring

Devil’s Dyke

 





Get Into Running #2

1 02 2016

I’ve just completed the poster for the 2nd evening of running talks, organised by myself, Paul Zara, Kevin Betts and Nick Rivett. Same format, same great Exeter Street Hall  and another great mix of speakers coming to share their running experiences. Fancy coming?

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There are some truly inspirational stories out there about why people get into running. In our 2nd evening of talks to be held at Exeter Street Hall on Friday 12th Feb, we have a mixed bag of running treats!

The evening is an informal event with some wonderful examples of why running has had a positive impact of the lives of so many people.

Come and join us – doors open at 6.30pm for a prompt 7pm start. We aim to finish around 8.30pm or soon after. There is a licenced bar and entry is free.

Our guest speakers include:
Caroline Wood, Joan Lennon and Carol Killick – all active runners who have represented Great Britain recently.
John Jaap will be giving a report on the first parkrun at Bevendean Down.
Tess Agnew is a fitness blogger from Brighton and she is also Sussex Ambassador for This Girl Can. Enthusiasm guaranteed! You can follow her blog here http://www.thefitbits.com/
Brendan Spellman was once homeless in Brighton. Running and friends helped to turn his life around. He now works for Emmaus in Brighton

Look forward to seeing some of you on Friday 12th Feb!
Pete Golton

 





Bevendean Down parkrun

24 01 2016

This morning’s trial parkrun at Bevendean Down, Brighton,  was an uplifting experience despite the  foggy conditions.  Brighton is lucky enough to have 3 parkruns already with around 1000 runners starting out each Saturday morning. We are, of course,  the  #CityOfRunners 🙂 Now with the opening of Bevendean Down we have a 4th course that is unique in being entirely off-road and a bit more challenging than the others. In fact, I got a flash back to x-country runs from my school days as my trail shoes squelched in the mud!

Going for a PB? Don’t! My run today was 25 mins or so – at least 3 minutes longer than my normal tarmac performance at Hove park but I came away totally exhilarated after running on downland that is within the South Downs National Park. It’s going to be even more spectacular when the weather improves.

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It’s a two lap course with just enough gradient to make it a challenge. I loved the gentle downhill section which must be around 500m or more in length. A chance to get your breath back!

After the run, Paul and I  headed off for our traditional post run coffee, this time at The Bevy pub. As I entered the front door, I was greeted with “Tea or coffee?”  The Bevy, Brighton’s only community owned estate pub,  is going to open for the regular 9am parkrun, starting on 6th February. I’ll definitely be back.

 





Run-cake-run

17 01 2016

It’s not my usual habit to break up a training run to stop for tea and cake but Saturday was a day for changing plans. You’ve got to make the most of the weather when snow is forecast  so the long Sunday run was shifted a day earlier. The aim was to jog a gentle 6 miles to Rottingdean via Ovingdean – a new route for me but I’ve convinced myself that my most enjoyable time running is when I don’t really know where I’m going!

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Beacon Mill, Rottingdean

By the time I reached Rottingdean, passing by the Windmill that I normally only see from the bus, I still felt like running a bit further. A quick refuel at Molly’s cafe, down on  the undercliff walk (recommend the chocolate coated seedy flapjack!) and I was good to go back to Brighton via Balsdean and Castle Hill. In all, 23km with a 20 min tea break. Despite the lack of continuity, the run was tough in both directions owing to the gradient (12% on Bear Rd) and mud everywhere so I wont be too hard on myself. In fact I might even do it again! Training for Brighton half marathon feels like its going in the right direction – soon I’ll have to up my distances for the marathon itself in April. Yummy.

Legs a bit weary today but spirit lifted by a lovely walk-pub lunch-walk along the coast at West Itchenor. The Ship Inn is worth a visit – nice food.

Got home to see this funny  video posted about the Tring parkrun. Enjoy!

 





Here’s to the next million metres!

10 01 2016

On a day that saw 62 parkrun attendance records broken up and down the country, I reached a numerical milestone of my own at Hove Park today, running my 200th parkrun. Numbers at Hove were impressively high with the previous max of 533 being well and truly beaten into 2nd place with a new record of 583 – so high in fact that we ran out of tokens. With so much positive media coverage of parkrun recently and the inevitable New Year’s resolutions being put into practice, I suppose it wasn’s such a surprise.  My 200th run was also accompanied by several other notable stats! It was  my (at least) 200th black Americano at Hove park cafe –  and slightly fewer cooked breakfasts when the weather gets a bit chilly! I’ve gained so many great friends ( probably 200!) from my post run chats with good friends and fellow runners. I’ve definitely lost far more than 200 hours of sleep, getting up at 7am on a Saturday morning for the last 5 years or so. That is a positive, by the way. To have got up and done something early on a Saturday morning, always leaves me feeling I still have the whole weekend to play with.

Here’s to my next 200 5km parkruns,  my next 1000km and my next million metres! Looking forward to another Megametre 🙂

 

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The smile is partly due to an imminent bacon sandwich but it was a fun morning all round.

 

 

 








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