Perhaps I’ve always been a collector, but now I’m properly old and living back in the land of hobbies and collections (and no longer in the land of shopping and eating), I feel I need to brush up my collector game.
In 2018 I finally completed my 100th parkrun – which took an embarrassing 8 years and an eventual return to 0900 starts after 6 years of 0730 in Singapore. 250 next then, but that’s 3 years of 100% attendance, so I need something more immediate.
Luckily and also belatedly (a bit like my 100) , I discovered the very awesome Running Challenges and their super cool chrome plugin, courtesy of the Free Weekly Timed parkrun podcast (which is also awesome BTW).
Now I have a shit load of new stuff to collect – and a new performance target to get my all time average parkrun time down below 20 minutes (two 40+ min parkruns with Molly have made this more tricky than it should be) ! So a plan is hatched !
first target is the Tourist Achievement, I can do this one with these 5 parkruns, all within about 20 mins of home.
- Fulham Palace
- Bedfont Lakes
- Wimbledon Common
Apparently I only have to do a parkrun beginning with ‘S’ to complete the compass challenge, I have 50/60 on stopwatch bingo and 10/25 on the alphabet challenge, so this should keep me amused all year.
On a more practical note I’m going to work my way around South/West London’s 30 or so parkruns – not sure this really counts as tourism, but it keeps me out of trouble on a saturday morning.
On a sort of related note, being back in the land of decent beer, I’ve found a load of locally breweries doing really nice pale ale. After a bit of research I’ve worked out there are even more london pale ale brewers than parkruns. (current favourite below).
So smashing these two things together, my 2019 goals are
- to run all the parkruns in south/west london
- to drink a pale ale from every micro brewer sarf of the river
Whilst I’m at it I have a few other plans
and there’s silverware to win with Handsome Rob in Jersey
2019, ‘ave it!