Earlier this week a colleague of mine made what really was a foolish comment. He clearly doesn’t know that asking me any question with an ascertainable answer, but one which I didn’t readily know, was only going to result in research and finding said answer.
The question was, after having been given by me the honest and brutal truth about my Fleet Half Marathon – “do you know how many places you’ve been to with running?”.
On the spot I guessed 15-20 and named 14 in no time at all. But that was never going to be good enough. Therefore, based on stats from Veloviewer, the below is the complete list sorted by distance from Jersey and noting the approximate number of runs.
Jersey c.545 times
Guernsey 1 (just a half marathon. Despite formerly visiting Guernsey every week I’ve still only run once there – in their half marathon)
Bournemouth 4 (three of these were in one day and the fourth was a 10k road race)
Southsea 1 (Parkrun)
Hedge End 1 (a chilled out run near a hotel we were staying at once)
Chichester / Goodwood 1 (my recent 10k)
Washington, South Downs 1 (enjoyable trail run/walk with frozen ground and snow everywhere)
Bramber / Shoreham 1 (as above but replace snow with rain. Lots and lots of rain)
Brighton 2 (Colour Run and a training run during a fun road trip)
Bath 1 (Two Tunnels 10k)
Fleet 2 (the last two Half Marathons)
Gatwick Airport 1 (just a random run wherever I could find space during a Run Every Day effort)
Bexhill-on-Sea 3 (two Halves and my best ever 10k)
Maidenhead 1 (New Year’s Day parkrun)
Richmond 1 (Old Deer Parkrun)
London 7 (London-ish anyway – the Winter 10k, two Regents Park races, a run around Blackheath)
Hendon 1 (Spitfire 10k)
Qeop / Stratford 6 (all races)
St Albans 1 (New Year’s Day parkrun)
Southend 2 (two fun runs including one with fog giving maybe 10 metre visibility)
Silverstone 3 (my first three half marathons)
Liverpool 2 (the RnR 5k and Half – a double I’m entered for this year)
Rome 1 (more of a walk strictly speaking)
Dominican Rep 1 (we ran more times but all others were on a treadmill)
So that’ll be 27 locations then if we call all of Central London one. A running life has certainly been varied.