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parkruns in Cornwall – done!

Selfie of Tamsyn and Stuart at Tamar Lakes.

One of my goals for this year was to complete all of the parkruns in Cornwall. Land’s End started fairly recently and I managed to do that last week so that just left me with Tamar Lakes. You can read about my adventures at the other parkruns in Cornwall: Lanhydrock Read more…


Land’s End parkrun

Stuart and Tamsyn Smith at Land's End parkrun.

One of my goals this year was to complete all of the parkruns in Cornwall. To help me achieve that, I’d planned to run at Tamar Lakes today. However, my hometown of Hayle was flooded a couple of days ago. Torrential rain is forecast until tomorrow. I thought it would Read more…


parkrun Tourism: Blandford parkrun

Tamsyn and Stuart running at Blandford parkrun. They're both smiling.

We had an opportunity for some parkrun tourism (minus M) on 14th December. We had a trip to see Santa planned with Stuart’s parents, so we agreed to drop M off at their house in Ferndown before driving further to Blandford parkrun. That way, M got to spend some time Read more…


Aiming for a season’s best

Fireworks exploding.

I’ll be honest this year running has been really hard. I’ve struggled with illness, weight gain, tiredness, stress and motivation issues. All of this meant that my ‘season’s best time’ for 5km was in a pretty poor state. In late summer, I decided to try and get back on top Read more…


The calm after the storm… no parkrun tourism this week!

A row of Autumn leaves in colour order from green, through yellow to deep red.

After last week’s wet and windy run, I was so grateful that it was dry yesterday morning. However, it definitely wasn’t warm. I’d seen that it was predicted to be about 6C. I’ve been struggling with a heavy cold for over a week and haven’t been exercising much, so I Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: John MacPhee

John MacPhee chatting with another man.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is an episode of Jessica’s parkrun Heroes. It features John MacPhee, a parkrunner with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a condition where the brain becomes progressively damaged. It has a number of symptoms including stiff muscles, slow movement and tremors. John MacPhee lives in an Read more…


Wet and windy parkrun

Two different Team SOAS tri tanks.

Today was my second parkrun back in Southampton following three parkruns in Australia… and what a contrast it was. The weather was absolutely horrendous this morning. Many parkruns across the country were cancelled and several other local parkruns (including Mountbatten and Brockenhurst) were cancelled after runners arrived. It was a Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: George Webster

George Webster taking a selfie with a group of his parkrunning friends.

The star of this week’s Monday Morning Motivation is George Webster. George is a parkrunner (and volunteer) at Woodhouse Moor parkrun. He also has Down Syndrome. George presents a George Webster film: young, Leeds parkrunner STAR George Webster turns reporter in this touching and fun film. Don’t miss his hilarious Read more…


parkrun Tourism Down Under: Cowra parkrun

Stuart and Tamsyn in the Cowra parkrun selfie frame.

On the morning of my brother’s wedding, Stuart and I decided to go to Cowra parkrun. I’d tried out Bathurst parkrun the previous week and we did Orange parkrun a couple of years back. As parkrun starts at 8am in New South Wales and it’s about an hour’s drive to Read more…


parkrun Tourism: Bathurst parkrun

Tamsyn with a selfie frame at Bathurst parkrun.

The last time I was in Australia, I took part in three parkruns: North Wollongong twice and Orange parkrun. I could have attended the same parkruns this time, but I wanted to take the opportunity to do some parkrun tourism. (Also, it would be depressing to see just how much Read more…