Since the Royal Parks Half marathon, and after a couple of easier weeks, I’ve settled into a steady running pattern. With no booked race until the Surrey Half in March, it’s just been a case of clocking up the miles. Roughly covering 25-30 miles a week; made up of a few easier runs; 10-11 miles long runs; and alternating intervals, hill runs and tempos.
This weekend it was time for our annual family gathering in Littlehampton. Our third year in a lovely house next to the beach at Angmering, it always affords the chance for a nice flat run along the coast to nearby Worthing. Roughly a 10 mile round trip to the pier, its usually more of struggle one way dependent on the coastal wind, but is a lovely scenic route.
Since our visit last year, Worthing have introduced a Parkrun, giving a chance for a bit of ‘tourism’ on the Saturday morning. Four of us duly kitted up and headed off for the promise of a nice flat 5k and PB potential.
Everyone ran well. Personally I finished in 18th stopping the clock at 20:19, just 2 secs slower than my PB (set at the equally flat Aberystwyth Parkrun). Perhaps I could have pushed a bit more having come so close, still I guess they will be another opportunity.
Overall though a great Parkrun; a lovely out and back course, well organised and friendly runners. Highly recommended if you find yourself in the area.