Killerton parkrun V Exeter Riverside parkrun

Today was the inaugural Exeter Riverside parkrun. It is equal distance away from us, as Killerton is and with the lure of the word FLAT Madam and I decided to check it out.

We met with some club members and as we stood there talking I spotted a familiar vest in the crowd, that of Springfield Striders, my old Essex running club (not that I attended much but I was a member!) Now last time I approached someone with this vest on they were not very welcoming to say the least, but this one was different, this one we recognized! I approached her (proabably scared her) and asked “are you the child minder at Springfield School?” Luckily she was and I was not left feeling stupid! She is down here on holiday. We ran most of the course together chatting, catching up as she now runs with my lovely Essex running buddy and did what I never managed to do and that was to get her out for a run before 9 am! Lovely to run with someone I sort of know, parkrun makes a small world.

Now on to the comparison of the two parkruns just in case you are ever in the area and can’t decide which to do.

  • Exeter is FLAT, Killerton NOT
  • I had to pay for parking today, at Killerton its free.
  • Toilets at Killerton are en route from car park to course, today not so convenient.
  • Killerton is scenic, Exeter too but not so much.
  • No dogs allowed at Exeter, they can be a pain at Killerton
  • Path today quite narrow at times, can see this being a problem when it gets more popular.
  • Scanning of the barcode today was in the climbing centre, UP stairs, really? Whose idea was this?

I liked it for a change and think we will do this once a month or when Killerton gets muddy, nice to have a choice.

Tomorrow I was set to do the Women’s Running 10k run at Bristol, I did it last year and was desperate for a PB this year. I use the past tense you will notice. Why? Well when I got home I was bewildered to see a picture on the internet of the winners of this run. How can this be? Must be an error, but on closer inspection of the paperwork, I discovered it was today not tomorrow. I was beyond annoyed, annoyed with myself, annoyed, annoyed, annoyed.

I tried to think of the positives, no hour and a half car trip in the morning, no nervous anxiety waiting for the start, now I get to spend the day with hubby and Madam (oh that’s a stretch on the positive side!) if you can think of any more positives for me, please let me know I need more to make me feel better and not so annoyed!.


About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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14 Responses to Killerton parkrun V Exeter Riverside parkrun

  1. Can’t think of any more positives for you I’m afraid…that just IS very, very annoying.
    Thanks for the parkrun comparison as intending to do one or the other on our hols later on.
    I think we’re leaning towards Killerton so we can have a nice family walk in the grounds afterward

  2. I can’t think of any more positives either. It is annoying and I think a little feet stamping would be ok! I can’t get over how very different parkruns are. No wonder PBs are specific to each particular course. Next year for that PB!

  3. mawil1 says:

    You must be a seasoned runner now, as for a newbie running a race means constantly checking that all your plans are in place. As you get more experienced you must get more relaxed and so sometimes forget things! I think that’s a positive!

  4. Red Hen says:

    Dogs at a parkrun? Now that would be a darned nuisance. Haven’t seen it here so far which isn’t the say it doesn’t happen. In fact, I think it’s allowed.
    Yes, every parkrun is different. I’d love to manage one in the 26 minute range(meaning anything up to 26 min 59 seconds!!) this year and so I have earmarked the flattest one I know for that!
    And every parkrun seems to be friendly, doesn’t it?

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  6. Tubontherun says:

    Bummer about the WR 10k! Interesting to hear about the differences between the Exeter parkrun and Killerton. I wondered if it was going to be as scenic.

  7. paigesato says:

    Ugh! I hate when I miss things because of date mix-ups!

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