The story so far…

Metros have held a training session at Roxbourne Park on a Saturday morning at 9am since the very early days of the club.  We were keen to keep this going but recognise that lots of members also want to be at parkrun either running or volunteering.  So the 3rd Saturday in each month became our official parkrun week.  So that you can meet up with fellow Metros, we nominate a parkrun to go to.  Lots of members do parkrun every week and that’s great, equally, we still have our Roxbourne session every Saturday too.

Here’s where we plan to be

May 18th – Sunny Hill (Please note: Rickmansworth parkrun is cancelled on this date)

June 22nd – Harrow (Couch to 5K first parkrun)

July 20th – Rickmansworth

The eagle eyed will have spotted that 22nd June isn’t the 3rd Saturday – we’ve moved back a week so that we line up with the end of our couch to 5k course.

Our very own parkrun ambassador, Emma, has been investigating parkrun tourism (see the full article in May 2019 metrolines) and the 3 challenges: tourist, compass, A to Z (well done Emma on collecting Z).

Here’s an excerpt:

So,what is parkrun tourism? 

When you sign up for your first parkrun, you choose a ‘home parkrun’ usually the parkrun closest to where you live.
In order to become a parkrun tourist, you just need to visit any parkrun other than your home run! Being a parkrun tourist allows you to try new courses in new locations – maybe you want to try a hilly course, or one on a beach, or perhaps you’re looking for a fast-flatcourse. parkrun covers all options whilst remaining just 5km in distance!

On the parkrun website, there is an events list, which shows all the parkruns on a map. It is very easy to zoom in and find a parkrun in a convenient location, whether you are looking to travel from home or if you are on holiday.

Our top tourists are:
Errol 64
Chloe 47
Emma 45
Mark M 40

If you’re interested in seeing for yourself, check out our consolidated club report here

From the database:

In 2017/18, Metros went to 43 different parkruns in the Greater London area.

Everyone has also been making good use of holidays – here’s a list of where we’ve been around the UK and Ireland.

A few people have also managed to find parkruns abroad.  In our own version of the compass challenge, the most southerly parkrun goes to Paul S (NZ South Island), the most easterly to Chris S (Auckland, NZ), the most westerly to Emma (Roosevelt Island, USA) and the most northerly, Steve P (Tampere, Finland)