Nonsuch parkrun – 17 September 2011

Apparently blogs are like buses, you wait for ages and then along come two very close together…

This morning saw us heading to the inaugural Nonsuch parkrun, in Cheam.  I was so impressed at the organisation and the turn-out for a first event was brilliant, very nearly 200 people.  Wow!  The Lady Mayor is a member of one of the local clubs (Epsom Allsorts) and she was there for the first event too.

We set off, a slight downhill on a path, which swiftly became a little uphill, then along some weird grassy stuff, over a little flint path, through a hedge, over a little bridge, more grass, a bit more uphill, then a slight down to the finish.  The course is two laps, I was just hoping I wouldn’t be lapped!  It was a leg-sapping course I thought (or maybe that’s just a measure of how rubbish I am!) but I enjoyed it.  It was certainly nice to push myself.

David has been twittering on about my doing a sub-30 for the whole week.  I had a great run on Wednesday night, which made me think I might have a chance depending on the course.  I haven’t been sub-30 since 23 March 2009 (29:39).  In fact I finished in 28:51, which was my fastest time since 25 October 2008, when I did a 28:32.  So, suffice to say I am as pleased as punch.  David thought I looked, “a bit tired” when I finished, so I had obviously tried hard!  In fact, our Bushy parkrun visiting group of four were all pleased with how we had run – I managed 155th place out of 199 runners.

The other lovely thing was that we got to catch up with some of our Ironman pals and then went for a latte (skimmed milk, yay!) and chat – David also had a yummy-looking piece of cake but then he had run 11 miles to get to the start of the parkrun, so he more than deserved that.

All in all, a great event, pretty location, nice cafe, good cake (by all accounts), super organisation :)  Thumbs up for Nonsuch parkrun!

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