#Janathon Day 10: parkrun tourism

A real treat this morning, as I got to run around a little bit of history whilst indulging in a bit of parkun tourism. You’d never guess it at first sight, but the home of Roundshaw Downs parkrun was once the sight of Croydon Airport – London’s main airport before those young pretenders Gatwick and Heathrow got in on the act. No planes today, but lots of wind, mud and fun.

Spotted on this morning’s run: the 296th assembly of Roundshaw Downs parkrunners – 88 hardy souls gathered under grey skies with grass and mud underfoot; claps for volunteers, cheers for new runners and then ready, steady go, off twice around the downs; and at the highest point, lungs and legs aching, eyes and soul rewarded with a sweeping view across built up south London – both very close and a million miles away from the open patch of grassland that could have been anywhere at any time.

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