N for Northwich Parkrun

Parkrun Alphabet Challenge: N = Northwich parkrun

One of my challenges this year is to start working my way through the Parkrun Alphabet challenge. For me, this is a fun way to try out some new Parkruns, whilst also seeing a bit more of the UK (and world!!)

There are quite a few different Parkruns locally to me (within say an hours drive) and so it seems sensible to tick these off the list first.

On Saturday, myself and one of my friends from my run club (who is also doing the challenge!) decided to try out Northwich Parkrun, so we could get our “N.”

I thought that going forwards, as part of this challenge I would write a short “review” of each of the Parkrun’s I complete. So, here goes… Northwich Parkrun!


Northwich Parkrun

Overall, I really enjoyed Northwich Parkrun.

Bearing in mind that I haven’t been to Parkrun in about 6 weeks (before yesterday) and so I was worried that I’d struggle. With this is mind I thought that I would just run at my own pace, and not push it. I want to enjoy running again and not be chasing a PB constantly, which is partly why I thought I’d start up this challenge.

Northwich Parkrun takes part in Carey Park and it’s about 40 mins drive from where I live so not too bad. There is a good car park with loads of spaces right by the start, which is always helpful, although it is £1 to park. There are also no toilets but you can use the ones in the Asda opposite.

The course starts on a narrow track so it takes a while to get going, as you can’t really overtake people.

Northwich parkrun 2

It was also quite muddy and slippy when we went as there had been heavy rain the day before. The course itself was good overall though as it was varied, with a mix of trail and concrete paths with views of the fields and cows. It also goes through a forest at one point (which is again quite a narrow path).

I wouldn’t say it was a PB course due to the parts where you can’t really get past people (and the terrain being mixed/slippy). There were also a couple of hilly bits so it wasn’t flat! 😀

Overall though, I enjoyed the variety and would probably do this one again. Even though we got soaked at the end walking back to the car when it tipped it down!!


Northwich Parkrun - Carey Park

Park Run Alphabet Challenge

Parkrun Alphabet Challenge: Parkrun Tourism

So… you may know from past posts that I’m pretty much addicted to Parkrun. If you haven’t heard of Parkrun, it’s a free weekly timed 5k that happens in parks all over the world at 9am on Saturday mornings.

I’ve been going to Parkrun for a couple of years on and off, although last year I went most Saturday’s if I could. It’s a fantastic way to keep fit and meet other like-minded people and there’s just a fab, supportive atmosphere. It doesn’t matter how fast you go, you can walk, jog, run or sprint – it’s open to everyone.

I used to just go to my local Parkrun, but then last year I started to get a bit bored and started getting into Parkrun tourism, which is basically running at different Parkruns across the country/world.

I have now done 48 Parkruns in 12 different locations – which to be honest, I did not forsee when I made my new years resolution to give Parkrun a try back in January 2017.  It just gets very addictive! I’ve had about 6 weeks away from Parkrun due to holidays etc and I’m itching to get back!


What is the Parkrun alphabet challenge?

My target this year was to get to 50 Parkruns, which I should hopefully complete this month.

Earlier this year I came across the Parkrun alphabet challenge, which is basically running a Parkrun starting with every letter of the alphabet.

As soon as I saw this alphabet challenge, I just thought YES I HAVE to do this!

I actually started doing some Parkrun tourism last year but I think this challenge is more of a long term/ongoing one, it may take a bit of time and planning to complete.

For every new Parkrun I do, I will write a blog and Instagram post about it and add it to this alphabet challenge post. I’d really love to do a Parkrun abroad too. Exciting? Very! 😀


Parkrun alphabet challenge: a list of the Parkruns I have done so far (blog posts to follow):

A – Andover

B– Bushy Park

C – Crewe, Chester, Congleton

DDelamere Forest

E – Erdigg (Wrexham)

F

G

H– Hereford

I

J

K

L

M– Minehead

NNorthwich Parkrun

O

P

Q

R

S– Shrewsbury

T-Telford

U

V

W– Worcester Pitchcroft

X

Y

Z


Have you ever completed a Parkrun? Would you ever complete a challenge like this? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Louise X

Photo by Magda Ehlers

Half Marathon Training with Scoliosis: Training Diary – 9 weeks to go!

Hi everyone,

So for my next challenge… I was very lucky enough to secure a place in the ballot of the Great North Run in September! (In Newcastle Upon Tyne)

To say I’m excited is an understatement. This is a huge race and a massive event in the running community.

Soooo… I need to up my training that’s for sure.

At the beginning of this year, I got a half marathon PB at the Wrexham Half Marathon (2hrs 2 mins!)

I then completed the Liverpool Rock and Roll half marathon in May, which was an amazing race but bad weather meant I didn’t manage to get a PB.

I would love to get a PB at Newcastle, but, I’m not sure if I have the time to train enough as it is only 9 weeks away and with a busy summer, I’m panicking now.

So I thought I’d document my training diary to kind of force me to do it, but also maybe to inspire someone else out there.

Ideally I would have started at 12 weeks before the race but life and holidays kind of got in the way, so I’m starting now, with 9 weeks to go!

I have found a training plan online and will kind of work to that loosely but fitting it round my full time job and busy life.

So lets start with this week (commencing 1st July). This is what I have done so far!

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Half Marathon Training: WEEK COMMENCING 1st July – 9 weeks to go

MONDAY – GYM – STRENGTH TRAINING

TUESDAY – INTERVALS 11 x 130m sprints with 45 secs recovery (was supposed to be 13 but I died!) + 5 min Tempo run at 9.09m mile (target Half marathon pace)

WEDNESDAY – REST

THURSDAY – 4 mile run easy

FRIDAY – REST (was on holiday – Sunday)

SUN – would ideally be long run day but I’m away this weekend so will try and fit it in when I can.

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I’ll be sharing my progress and pictures over on my Instagram – so please follow me and show your support. 🙂

Louise X