If you are here you have either seen my post because I have visited your parkrun, or you have heard about what I am doing through word of mouth, but what am I actually doing? I’m going to explain this here so that the posts below make a little sense and maybe it will inspire you to do something similar or to visit one of the fantastic courses I have already been to.
When I first started running parkrun, I was on a short work visit in Sydney, Australia (even though I had registered 6 months earlier), so I initially decided that I wanted to run the 3 different courses that were hosted in Sydney at the time as I did not believe I would return and wanted to see what they were all like.
On the day of the third run, I was talking to a friend while running and they were explaining more about the parkrun world and told me about the different ‘clubs’ you can reach and the shirts you get for reaching them. As this was my third run and the third different course I asked if anyone had got to the 50 Club at 50 different courses – and so it was that this became my own challenge!
UPDATE: As of 13/02/2016 I have finished my challenge and entered the 50 Club at 50 different courses! My challenge now is 100 Club in 100 different courses!
As well as doing the challenge, I have been writing this blog to ‘review’ and give information about the different courses that may not be immediately obvious from the course description on the parkrun website so as to help other people get a feel for the event before they even go. This is obviously just a personal opinion of the one specific day I am there, however I try to include all sorts of information to help people along – such as course maps, elevation profiles, park and location information links, parkrun Facebook page links and other small tit-bits of information that I decide to write on the day.
I am not a writer by trade, nor do I have any affiliation to the parkrun brand, this is purely just me writing how I feel about the places I run. Some people may like what I do, others may not but this is intended to be a supporting site to help people decide on where to go or to just give them something to read about how I felt running at their course (I send the review to the event team once it is published so that they can see the write-up).
OTHER ‘UBER TOURISTS’:
When I first started this I was the only person at the time to be doing it and it had only been done by one other person before me (Roderick Hoffman – who had since visited some parkruns again). However since my move from the UK to Australia, parkruns have been fewer and far between than the UK so the speed at which I am picking up new courses has dwindled somewhat. This has meant that others have been able to both catch and surpass me in this challenge (I assume without knowledge of this, they just had the same epiphany moment as me!)
In the spirit of parkrun, well done to you all for getting there before me or being ahead of me in this charge. It was never really the challenge to be the first, rather just to achieve it for myself, so it takes nothing away from what I am trying to do.
Based on the Most Events table, below are the current ‘Uber Tourists’ (with a course to run ratio of 1:1):
- Gregory Bailey – Completed 100 in 100 on 01/08/2015
- Morgan Daniels – Completed 100 in 100 on 05/11/2016
- Antonio Gomes Da Costa – Completed 50 in 50 on 30/04/2016
- Iwona Savana – Completed 50 in 50 on 07/05/2016
- Glenn Barden – Completed 50 in 50 on 06/02/2016
- Nigel Harding – Completed 50 in 50 on 29/08/2015
- Ashley Cowley – Completed 50 in 50 on 13/02/2016
- Anique Da Costa – Completed 50 in 50 on 01/01/2017
- Mike Smith – Completed 50 in 50 on 23/07/2016
- Angela Oldham – Completed 50 in 50 on 01/04/2017
- Hywel Sedgwick
- Max Hardy
Also a shout out also goes to the following, who are close to 1:1 ratios:
- Leon Foster (only repeated 1 event back in 2010)
I have no idea if any of the people listed will ever see this site, but congrats all and keep up the good travelling!
As anyone who knows parkrun is aware, parkrun has what it likes to call ‘Clubs’ – The 10 Club (Juniors only), The 50 Club, The 100 Club, The 250 Club and The 500 Club – each one unofficially awarded, with the reward being a shirt for reaching the representative number of runs for example.
In addition to the ‘normal’ clubs though, a number of other clubs were created during the reign of ‘The parkrun Show’ podcast for parkrun tourism – most notably The Half Cowell Club (50 different events) and The Cowell Club (100 different events) – named after Chris Cowell who was the first person to run at 100 different events, and then more recently The Freyne Club (250 different events) – again named after the first person to run at 250 different events, Paul Freyne.
In the same vein, I have unofficially decided to coin names for clubs for ‘Uber Tourists’ using the same method, so I will now refer to 50 events in 50 runs as The Hoffman Club (named after Roderick Hoffman) and 100 events in 100 runs as The Bailey Club (named after Gregory Bailey).
So in summary I believe there to be the following clubs available to all parkrunners:
- The 10 Club (Juniors only) – For running 10 parkruns (T-Shirt – White)
- The 50 Club – For running 50 parkruns (T-Shirt – Red)
- The Half-Cowell Club – For running 50 different parkrun courses
- The Hoffman Club – For running 50 different parkrun courses in 50 parkruns
- The 100 Club – For running 100 parkruns (T-Shirt – Black)
- The Cowell Club – For running 100 different parkrun courses
- The Bailey Club – For running 100 different parkrun courses in 100 parkruns
- The 250 Club – For running 250 parkruns (T-Shirt – Green)
- The Freyne Club – For running 250 different parkrun courses
- The 500 Club – For running 500 parkruns (T-Shirt – Blue)