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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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{ 6 comments… add one }

  • celeste 21 October, 2007, 1:21 pm

    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!

  • booyaa 21 October, 2007, 3:43 pm

    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!

  • jogblog 21 October, 2007, 7:35 pm

    Ooh, I’ve never been last last, usually nearly last, what’s it like? When are they going to set up a time trial near me?

  • kathy 23 October, 2007, 1:20 pm

    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.

  • No Wetsuit Girl 23 October, 2007, 9:14 pm

    Stunning! No wonder you took your time!

  • warriorwoman 23 October, 2007, 9:50 pm

    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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