Running around Richmond Park

Ran this yesterday, and all I can say is that Richmond Park is a bloody long way round.

I’ve never seen all of it, and it’s very lovely. Deer, gorgeous vistas, spreading chestnuts, buzzing bees etc etc. BUT it’s also got some scary gradients.

Don’t know which is worse: the very steep, but mercifully short hill by Kingston gate, or the long, drawn-out agony of the slow climb from the cemetery to the top of Richmond Hill.

Whatever. I survived it – by dint of running pathetically slowly. Yesterday’s time was feeble, but at least I finished with some puff to spare. Next time I’ll knock at least 5 mins off it.

8 Responses to “Running around Richmond Park”

  1. Tanya Walton Says:

    Well I have to say i am impressed…i might think about walking it myself but running is a definite no no for me!!

  2. Mal's Allotment Says:

    Hills? When are you coming up to Edinburgh SM?

    I walk one of them regularly, but even so I have a secret weapon – an strong and eager dog.

    Well done on facing your self imposed challenge and winning through! Impressive!

  3. Soilman Says:

    Mal: Oh. My. God.

    I don’t even want to think about trying to run that…

  4. Greenmantle Says:

    Sorry I’m not clear, it was just the one lap then was it?

  5. Amy Says:

    Well done! Don’t worry, if you keep this up you’ll soon be sprinting round

  6. justine Says:

    Hey congrats! Surprised you have the energy after all that work on your plot!

  7. Gavin Says:

    Do you happen to know how far the circuit is? I’ve moved to near the Robin Hood Gate, so this sort of thing is on my to-do list.

    You must drop by next time and tell me why my peas are so hopeless!

  8. Soilman Says:

    Hi Gavin

    It’s almost exactly 7 miles, which is a nice round number!