Oaklands

Saturday = parkrun, or as I could call it parkWALK !

Not too far to cover this week, only fourteen miles so after subtracting parkWalk left me with eleven or five and a half each way.

The parkrun that fitted that criteria was Oaklands near to The Swan at Yardley. At one time The Swan pub held the world record for having the longest bar. The bar and bar no longer exist.

The walk to Yardley was not terribly exciting with the highlight being strolling through Old Yardley Village.

This area is probably the most rural of any part of Birmingham with it’s parish church of St Edburgha’s and the adjacent, old half-timbered school house.

The nearby graveyard was cleared of gravestone in 1960, all except for the school master, James Chell.

This rural idyll was not to last and I was back in the hustle and bustle of modern life.

A mile further and I was at Oaklands Park.

This park is quite small which means that parkrun required THREE LAPS.

I chatted to a few other attendees until nine o’clock when we were sent on our way.

It’s a nice three laps with a few minor undulations, enough to enable me to pick off a few of the slower runners.

I finished in a watch time of 36:37 and a new parkWalk PB.

The official time was, strangely for parkrun, exactly the same – 36:37.

The walk home was the reverse of getting there – like I said not very exciting but mileage achieved.

I did take a few photos, including the I 🖤OAKLANDS which I posted on the Oakland parkrun Facebook page. The organisers asked if they could use in their post and, of course, I said that they could.