There were extra opportunities for a parkrun over the Christmas period in Eastleigh.
As well as the standard Saturday morning events, runs were also organised for Christmas and New Year’s Day mornings. In addition, the New Year’s Day events in Winchester and Southampton started 90 minutes later.
This gave the truly dedicated a total of five parkruns in nine days. I managed three of the five – so I must be semi-dedicated.
The Eastleigh parkrun makes three laps of zigzag circuit around the old golf course.
Three laps is a good number. As you pass each landmark on the second lap you can tell yourself “I’ve only got to pass this once more, then I am done”. And on the first lap you can tell yourself “next time I am here I will be thinking that the next time I’ll only have to pass one more time”. It works for me, anyway.
There is also a wonderful point just after you get to the top for the second time: not only are you thinking “I’ve only got to tackle that hill once more” but you pass the 3 km mark – unequivocal proof that you are over half way.
Very very muddy
OK, I really should say something about the current ground conditions.
You may have noticed that there has been a lot of rain over the last few weeks. On Saturday morning there was even standing water on the adjacent football pitches. Were it a horse race the ground would at best be described as “soft”. Actually, that’s not true. It would be “race abandoned – course waterlogged”.
It is muddy. It is very, very muddy. Don’t turn up if you adverse to running through puddles or having your legs splattered with mud. But it’s fun – even if you do have to stand in the garden to hose yourself down when you get home.
Eastleigh parkrun meets at the Old Golf Course at Fleming Park at 9:00 every Saturday morning. Run briefing is around 8:50, with a First Timers briefing about five minutes earlier. Register at the parkrun website and print of a bar code before coming along. More details at Eastleigh parkrun.
Finally, you could view hundreds of brilliant photographs of Eastleigh parkrun by Paul Hammond on his page.
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