parkruns, holidays and tourism  

Conkers Non-run run report No.21 - August 15th 2020

As a family, we usually plan our holidays around parkruns; never travel on a Saturday unless there is one en-route.

Twenty-twenty has not only seen us not being able to do our home parkruns but also our holiday parkruns, or so we thought. For those of you who do not know, Dennis Dickinson has set up a non-parkrun results service.  Thus, our first Saturday on our recent holiday saw us doing our first non-parkrun tourism on the beautiful South West Coastal path near Crantock.

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The long drop on our Saturday non-parkrun certainly concentrated my mind on where I was putting my feet.

Over our post run coffee, this then had us chatting about the first holiday parkruns we had completed.

Where was yours? I am sure mine was Killerton near Exeter. I was so shocked when I realised I had to take running gear on holiday with me, and truly felt my holiday did not start until I had done the run; it feels the norm now!!!

Where was your favourite holiday tourist parkrun?  For me, it’s a bit of a love-hate with Lanhydrock parkrun, I loved the scenery, the lovely welcome, but oh, those hills!!! I also loved the Eden Project one – again more hills, but that has the great benefit of getting free entry into the domes. Trellisick was also good fun, we had to get a ferry to get to that one, and yes more hills. Seems like a trade-off between beautiful scenery and interesting runs for annoying hills!

As a slow runner I always check how many people usually attend, and the slowest time; it would be a big shock for the volunteers if they are used to around 50 runners and all do it in less than 30 minutes, then I tip up.  So, do you faster runners look at the fastest time and think "I could get a first place there? "

What do you research? – toilets, café, slowest time, fastest time, how lumpy it is, buggy friendly, dog friendly, how far away is it?  I try to put a 35 minute travel time limit, it takes me 15/20 minutes to get to Conkers, so happy to allow a bit extra.

Have you ever been able to take in an overseas parkrun when on holiday? Mentioning no names but one of our regular parkrunners took a very Wonki tour around Europe taking in a parkrun in different countries over a few weeks.

Have you ever arrived at a parkrun overseas and arrived late – again mentioning no names, but two Conkers regulars rocked up at a parkrun in Singapore for a 9am start only to find that they were on their own; Singapore parkruns start at 7am. They didn’t research that very well did they?

Looking forward to seeing you all at Conkers as soon as we possibly can and welcoming tourists back.

Take care and stay safe.

Jan Cobb x