Eileen Jones, from the Lake District, has committed herself to an A to Z parkrun challenge where she ran in locations around the country making her way through the alphabet.
The letter ‘U’ proved particularly tricky, with Eileen deciding on Upton Court in Slough to get the letter.
Parkrun’s have become a global phenomenon and an estimated eight million people worldwide signed up to the free, weekly, 5k events in 23 countries, and for many of them a personal best time is no longer the key ambition.
Eileen Jones has compiled her journey, ending in Zuiderpark in The Netherlands, in a book titled “p is for parkrun: a journey from A to Z”.
Along the way Eileen documents her encounters with a retired health and safety officer who’s about to complete his seventh alphabet; the cheerful woman on her way to 100 consecutive parkruns all reached by public transport; families running with children; and couples who got engaged on the way to the finish funnel.
Eileen said: “Every step along the way has been a joy. But this isn’t a travel journal. It’s a story about people, the wonderful community of parkrun, the characters I’ve met along the way, the remarkable event teams of volunteers, the people I’ve travelled with, the friends I’ve made, the cups of strong tea and the bacon sandwiches, and the cakes consumed at an unhealthy hour of the day.”