Hampstead Heath parkrun #429 10/8/19
So, visiting Grandma gives us an opportunity to do some parkrun tourism again, me and my son Morgan have been before and we brought a friend Anna with us. She is visiting from Warsaw and had never heard of parkrun before, she has now completed 3 different parkruns (Daventry, Leamington and Hampstead Heath) and is a total convert!
I’ve just looked it up and the last time we ran at HH was December 2016, so it’s been awhile! We were actually nearly thwarted by the car park as both machines were not functioning, and I had left my phone at Grandma’s house. But, as ever the kindness of parkrun strangers shone through and somebody helped out by adding my car to their app so we could park without worry of getting a massive fine.
The day was lovely and sunny but my oh my it was quite blustery too! The briefing was quite a revelation as I frequently do this at my home parkrun but I was blown away by how many new people there were. HH welcomed 21 fist timers to the parkrun family and a further 36 newbie tourists – 57 at a first timer’s briefing is quite a challenge without a megaphone!
There was one Junior runner who made it their 10th parkrun, 2 people joined the 50 club and one runner was doing their 100th parkrun – congratulations to all of you!
We were running route B apparently, slightly different from the route that I have run before which took us around the pond rather than across the grass, this meant that we went further down the hill and inevitably further up as well!
And they’re off! By the pond
Talking of hills I did a little research as my home run – Leamington Spa prides itself on having a “hill” which we regularly warn tourists of. When looking through the parkrun statistics I noticed that the elevation change at Leamington is 159m which really doesn’t feature on the charts when it comes to elevation changes (375th on the charts) – Hampstead Heath parkrun has an elevation change of 316m (493th most elevation change out of a list of 519 in the UK!) and boy oh boy did I notice it. I vaguely remembered that there was a small slope on the final lap but it did rather take me by surprise how long it was!
Finish Funnel Anna me and Morgan
And another totally useless fact, but it amused me: there were 344 runners at Hampstead Heath parkrun and run that backwards to 443 – the exact number of runners at my home run of Leamington.
Thanks Hampstead Heath parkrun – we had a blast and we won’t leave it so long next time!
Many thanks to Eleanor Nabney for this post