Day 126 mile 126: Running Around on World Naked Gardening Day!

Day 126 mile 126: Running Around on World Naked Gardening Day! Yes that is a real day! So to enter into the spirit I have run around the gardens of Penryhn Castle with a banana. Ok I’ll be honest that I haven’t quite gone the whole hog and done the 5k parkrun in my birthday suit, but that is more for the benefit of the 200 or so other runners rather than myself!

Silliness aside it was great to see so many familiar faces out today (also with their clothes on) and to get the opportunity to charge around such an amazing garden for free. It’s the first time I have been here since coming with my daughter on an Easter egg hunt, and it is amazing the different perspective you get on a place and a route once you have explored around it as well, the knowledge of what is behind some of the hedges and walls gives the place a very feel. Rather than being a defined route roughly 10 feet wide all the way around and tracing a 2.5km figure of 8 (you go around twice) it now feels like part of a wider landscape, populated by walled gardens, huge trees, follies and ornamental ponds swarming with tadpoles.

Iffley_Road_Track,_Oxford_-_blue_plaqueOn a completely disconnected note it is also the 63rd anniversary of Roger Bannister’s breaking of the four minute mile. It would be great to be able to emulate this achievement today, however, out of the two options I think I have more chance of successfully gardening starkers than running a sustained average of 6.7 meters per second over the distance of a mile!

It was great to charge about the place today, especially catching up with the redoubtable Chris Williams with little Tom in the buggy. Well done to you both on your new PB, and it was great to get the chance to stop for a cuppa and cake 🙂

I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.

Distance: 5199.0 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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Thanks as ever for all the support!


Good earworm for today… hehe!


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