This evening, I drove into Tonbridge and ran the route of the Tonbridge parkrun. This is essentially an out-and-back course. The route includes:
A lap of Barden Lake at the far end.
Negotiating safe passage through a flock of goslings & protective parental geese
7 bridges (If I counted correctly) to go over twice
1 bridge to go under (again twice)
A 100 metre dog-leg up & down with a U-turn at an imaginary cone (it’s a real cone on Saturday mornings). Yet again this has to be done twice – out & back.
I set myself a target of running 8 min miles. Although the route is pancake flat, all of the bridges & turns mean that it does require quite a bit of concentration to avoid letting the pace vary. According to the Garmin, I was reasonably consistent with:
+1 minute for the last 0.1 miles
Giving a total of 25:07. For where I am, on the come-back journey, I was pleased with this as another step in the right direction.