On Saturday 8th June Reigate Priory AC members descended on Kingdom parkrun as fixture number 4 of the club parkrun tourism series for 2024.

The course is documented on the parkrun website here, and unless I'm very much mistaken it does not mention (at time of writing this report) any undulations, so it's flat, right? Oh no, it's a 3 lap course of half a mile down, half a mile up.

On the day the conditions were great. The course was dry, the weather was mainly sunny, and the venue is a country park in a superb setting near Penshurst, Kent together with café. There was a fitness venue with what appeared to be a pilates class underway. There was also a location which I believe contained a sauna. We all arrived with enough time to go to the loo (which were accessible and clean), warm up, take a photo, and listen to the briefing.

As can be seen from the photo above, we did have an excellent turn-out. Present on the day were Paul Sapsard, Tom Irving (with family in support), Debs and Adrian Grant, Peter Luxton, the Fulton-Bell family, Usha Stevens, Gail Hill, Lisa and Hydi Ashley, Paul and Sarah Walters, Jack Finn (with Ashleigh and Alfie in support), and Tomos Sale (who is a guest and friend of RPAC, present with his Dad). 

Here's a couple of fun photos harvested from Strava...

Here are some highlights from the parkrun...

  • First man for RPAC was Tom Irving who finished 3rd in a time of 21:36.
  • This was followed by me (Paul Walters) in 5th place and in a time of 22:21, and for once in my life top age grading for the event of  71.74% (we have to keep perspective - there were two people who were above 78% last week).
  • We give a warm welcome back to Paul Sapsard who finished in a time of 25:34 and was 7th in the event's age grading with 67.47%. 
  • First lady from RPAC was Hydi Ashley, 41st in a time of 27:44.
  • Adrian Grant finished with a new course PB of 36:47, and completed his 400th parkrun at Kingdom - congratulations Adrian! You can see Adrian in the picture above wearing his "Adrian's 400th Parkrun" tabard supplied by Debs for this event.
  • Sarah Walters finished this difficult course in a time of 38:40, and showed a huge improvement over her time compared to our March venue - Reigate Priory on Saturday 23rd March in a time of 41:31, which is in reality a faster course.
  • Undeterred by a medical condition (doctors orders - no running for a couple of weeks), Peter Luxton showed his resilience by turning out and and he completed the course, walking the whole way.

Full results from Kingdom parkrun on Saturday 8th June can be found here.

We all finished up at the park café for breakfast. Here is another photo harvested from Strava from outside of the café...

The current positions in our parkrun tourism competition can be seen in an Excel workbook here. It seems that Hydi and I have a little daylight from the chasing pack.

We may also have an informal competition for the junior guest position, as we have three candidates! I'll let you check the sheet.

Coming to Kingdom parkrun on Saturday 8th June was really great fun - fantastic location, excellent although undulating route, and lovely company.

I appreciate the continued support and turn-out from the club. Our next venue is Brighton & Hove on Saturday 6th July and the details of our parkrun tourism 2024 schedule is here. I really hope that you can make it.

To finish off, some more photos of the event courtesy of Hydi and Ashleigh...

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