First Last

Richmond Park Time Trial

Finally the time trial bandwagon arrived in Richmond Park and I was there to “enjoy” the inaugural event. What a gorgeous day! Freezin, crisp, but absolutely beautiful, I’ve had to nick a couple of photos off the parkrun site to illustrate the morning and save me going all poetic. I think Paul S-H was the photographer for the day.

With only 42 runners in the field it was not too surprising that I found myself alone for most of the route. Still, when you run in a park this stunning, who needs company?


By all accounts this is a tough time trial and folk look to be recording times in the region of 40 secs + on their Bushy Park pb’s, although I imagine this gap will narrow as the route becomes more familiar. Its a hilly route but the scenery takes your mind off a lot of the pain, or at least thats what I felt after I’d finished – before I finished I’m sure I was cursing 5k time trials.

Anyway, back to the title of this post, whatdya know, I was last. Dead last. A first for me but I’m sure it will become a regular Saturday morning ocurrance for a while. It was all perfectly enjoyable as well, a whole load of the early finishers had hung around the end and gave me a good cheer over the finish line – thanks guys.

RPTT 1: 5 km, 0:35:24

As update to last weeks reccy, I can now post the “official” route map:

Richmond Park Time Trial at EveryTrail

Map created by EveryTrail: GPS Travel Community

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  1. I don’t have a problem with being last – at least you’re out there enjoying it. And, man, what a run to enjoy!! Looks freezing though! Plus – it was a decent time, at least people wouldn’t have been waiting long!

  2. Incredibly jealous you got to do the first EVER RPTT. I would’ve loved to have been there and running. But sadly I was injured and secondly had no idea it was this /Saturday/. One of the guys at work said it had be postponed..

    Anyhoo well done for attending the first and providing a fine race report!

  3. You’ll be so proud of being at the inaugural event in 10 years time .. you’ll be boasting about coming last.

    That photo with everyone running into “the light” is lovely.

  4. Hey Kathy, when I first read your comment I thought you meant I’d still be coming last in 10 years time! I get your point now though and you are sooo right.

    NWG – less cheek thank you!

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