New Year’s Day Parkrun at Nostell Priory

Happy New Year! Hope you’ve all had a great start to 2018.

More than 700 runners turned up to the New Year’s Day parkrun at Nostell Priory this morning. Many of them had already taken part in another parkrun before heading to Nostell for the 10.30am start. For us, one was enough, especially after a curry and drinks to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

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The run was a new off-road, twisty-turny and muddy route, which was great fun. Feeling a bit fat and unfit from the festivities, my plan was to have a steady paced run (7.40-7.50). I thought that would be easy, but it wasn’t. Is running ever easy? My 7.42 pace felt just as hard work as if I was at race pace.

‘Keep smiling,’ my friend shouted as I headed up the hill to the Obelisk for the second time. I gave a little wave and went on my way, crossing the line in just over 24 minutes.

I really enjoyed the run. It was great to run a different route and have the chance to take in the beautiful countryside. There’s always a great atmosphere at Nostell, and this morning, it was better than ever.

Afterwards, we headed to the cafe for a cup of tea and a scone, sitting outside in the freezing cold and talking about our plans for the year. It was a lovely start to the new year. I’m looking forward to more parkruns and scones in 2018.

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