Martin on the TGO Challenge 2017

Martin on the TGO Challenge 2017

Sunday, 6 August 2017

A Canadian Adventure - Day 3

Saturday 5 August 2017

A parkrun, and a visit to Granville Island

6 km walking, 5 km parkrun

Shak kindly drove us to Richmond, where one of the few parkruns in Canada was hosting Run Number 38. A crowd of 42 runners duly assembled, including a convention of UK parkrun run directors. There were as many tourists as locals, from all corners of the UK. It was good to meet you folks.

It turned out to be a fast there and back course along a dyke beside the Middle Arm of the Frazer River. Sue managed to get within 10 seconds of her PB, and I was first in my age group. Very satisfying until I discovered I was the only runner in my age group, so I'm making do with a top ten finish, which is better than I'll ever manage in the UK in future...

Meanwhile we learnt that Andy Wright has at last managed to run 5 km in less than 21 minutes, albeit on Stretford's notoriously short course. Well done Andy!

We returned to the mansion in Surrey for a shower, then Shak zoomed us into Vancouver for an afternoon based on Granville Island. After that we got a ferry to the Vancouver Whitecaps football stadium and wandered up to the Chinese gardens for an informative tour under the tutelage of James. Lots of Yin and Yang. Then back to Granville Island and a short walk to meet Shakeel, Brad and Donna for a meal at the nearby Chi Modern Vietnamese restaurant.

Granville Island was crowded and hot, with a large, colourful market and some excellent buskers. The cement company had painted silos! It was quieter when we returned later.

After an excellent meal we took a stroll to a beach to reach a good position to enjoy a firework display with hundreds of thousands of others.

It seems an age since this morning's run.

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