I don’t normally go out of my way to promote individual runs. It doesn’t seem fair, and there are too many to cover them all.
But Arnos Vale is an amazing place, and they’ve been abley assisted by Keith Brackstone of Bristol & West AC in putting together the Arnos Vale Community Run.
I think this will be a great run, for the setting, for the terrain, for the cause, for its organisation and, with all of that combined, what promises to be a great atmosphere.
Thanks to the unique mix of history, architecture, ramshackle homeliness, nature and urban invaders, it’s a place that brings the best out of people.
I may even give it a go myself …
Well I did it. I completed the first ever Arnos Vale Community Run. It wasn’t the easiest 5k I’ve ever done. In fact it was quite challenging, but lots of fun. Over 50 runners took part on a very wet Bank Holiday Monday morning. But the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the runners (sorry I had to get that pun in there). It was a shame it was so wet though as I think more spectators would have turned up. It was a great little route. We were directed around the cemetry by a number of marshalls and ran up the rather steep Arnos Vale hill I think three times over. Runners had to negotiate narrow paths, a good bit of mud and take in the views and beauty of the cemetry. There really can’t be that many runs organised in a cemetry. One wonders if this is a first for the UK, or even the world! Anyway certainly a run I would like to do again and one to recommend and put in the diary for next year.