Darlington parkrun

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We arrived at Darlington in perfect time and were greeted by Paul Dalton. He was going to run the first of three laps with us so we knew the route. Cheers Paul!


Really helped us because none of us were familiar with the route. You could say it was bad planning but secretly we knew someone would be there, haha. Really, really nice course. Pretty flat and a good all-round surface.


We finished our run just as people were starting to arrive. Here’s a picture taken of Lee and I finishing by the Darlington parkrun photographer.

Darlington parkrun 2

This was our forth parkrun and I was hoping to feel like I did after six. The pain I had in my left knee a few weeks ago decided to re-appear. I’d not mentioned this before as I hate going on about little niggles. My left foot was also starting to give me another issue. Time to knuckle down, stretch and re-hydrate.


I also want to say at this point that we were receiving so many texts, emails, tweets and Facebook messages. The support really was unbelievable. Some of it from people we knew, some we didn’t. As the challenge went on these messages became even more important. I want to say a massive thank-you to everyone that took the time out to support us.


A third of the way there. Four down and eight to go. We had exactly ten minutes to get to Tees Barrage to make the official parkrun at 9am!


About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.

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