I arrived a little after 08:00 and after paying my £2 for parking (much reduced for parkrun) parked up and set off, in the drizzle, for a two mile warmup. The two miles ended up at 2.26 miles but it got the heart pumping and the knee settled in.
A tad after nine, over five hundred runners / walkers lined up at the start and at 09:07 we were on our way.
As I would be walking around, I started at the back and it took me over a minute before I crossed the start line.
As the walk went on, I gradually got faster with my mileage splits being 13:56, 12:57 and 12:40.
My overall official time was 40:05 which equates to an average of 13:09 minutes per mile or 4.56 miles per hour. Not bad for walking.
Out of around 550 finishers, I finished in 495th and my SLOWEST parkrun ever. In my defence; I was walking !
This was my 33rd parkrun, having started in 2013. At this rate, I should get my 50 T-Shirt around April … 2023 !!!
After bar-code scanning, I changed then headed for home.
in the evening, I did the ten mile Hams Hall loop crossing the M6 and walking through Water Orton to Coleshill.
A pretty uneventful walk but I did spy a couple of green eyes watching me as I went through the woods at the back of Hams Hall. As I turned, my head torch illuminated a small deer who just stood there as I walked by.
Back home, I tallied my walks and discovered that the yearly total now stands at 88 miles – so I coloured in Dorset. With a little, easy, walk tomorrow I should be able to bag Wiltshire.