News - 30th October 2019

100 miles for the 100 milestone

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Regular St. Albans parkrunner Patrick McGuiness recently celebrated his 100th milestone with a ‘parkrun mega sandwich’.


Patrick tells us about the 100 mile round trip with friends and family.


I wasn’t quite fit enough to attempt a PB for my 100th, so I came up with the 100-mile sandwich idea – not driving, but running the 100 miles! I was delighted that family and friends wanted to share various parts of the day with me.


Me and fellow runner Ed Rhodes, from my local running club the Harpenden Arrows, set off from Harpenden at 11:30pm in the evening.


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The journey to Marlow parkrun is 50 miles, and we needed to arrive in time for the 9am start on Saturday morning.


Part way along the journey we were joined by more of our Arrows runners, who helped to ensure our timely arrival in Marlow.


Having anticipated completing the home leg by 10:30pm, the relatively quick time for the parkrun took its toll and I eventually arrived home at 11:27pm, with a total journey distance of 101.4 miles in just under 24 hours.


I often do a parkrun sandwich to my home parkrun in St. Albans, five miles each way, with a few of my fellow run club members.


My wife has just completed a couch to 5k programme and also joined me at Marlow for the 100th. And our eldest daughter has also recently started to participate in parkrun, which she found helpful in the lead up to her A-levels.


Looking forward to many more.


Patrick McGuiness

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