Christmas Park Challenge 2018 - 15th December - Finsbury Park

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Re: Christmas Park Challenge 2018 - 15th December - Finsbury Park

Post by Going Underground » 03 Dec 2018, 23:40

michael_churchill wrote:
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Hyde Park Corner doesn't seem to have its name on the roundels at the top of the stairs, so what do you take a photo of?
Unless my memory is playing tricks there is a white text on blue background illuminated sign in the subway above the very threshold of the station itself. Isn't that what you're supposed to photograph?
There is a TfL roundel at the top of the stairs with no name but is clearly identifiable as HPC that is what you take a photo of, trust me I have at least 12 or so :lol:
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Re: Christmas Park Challenge 2018 - 15th December - Finsbury Park

Post by RJSRdg » 04 Dec 2018, 23:54

I was of the understanding you could photograph either.
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Re: Christmas Park Challenge 2018 - 15th December - Finsbury Park

Post by Going Underground » 05 Dec 2018, 12:37

RJSRdg wrote:
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I was of the understanding you could photograph either.
Any photo is fine, I have never stopped there long enough to actually visualise and memorise what's there!
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Re: Christmas Park Challenge 2018 - 15th December - Finsbury Park

Post by hopeful traveller » 14 Dec 2018, 16:05

I still haven't decided whether to do this tomorrow or not. I can't get a route quicker than 8hrs, and I'm not sure my bank account will let me do this.

Yeah, probably not.
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Re: Christmas Park Challenge 2018 - 15th December - Finsbury Park

Post by tangy » 14 Dec 2018, 19:26

Going Underground wrote:
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Any photo is fine, I have never stopped there long enough to actually visualise and memorise what's there!
As I am normally running to/from there, I often take a photo of one of the bus stops flags near the entrance to Hyde Park Corner subway.
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Re: Christmas Park Challenge 2018 - 15th December - Finsbury Park

Post by RJSRdg » 15 Dec 2018, 10:50

Thought about it, but in view of the cold weather, and the amount of hanging around at certain stations, decided against it.

Not really my favourite challenge, especially at this time of year...
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Re: Christmas Park Challenge 2018 - 15th December - Finsbury Park

Post by dstock17 » 15 Dec 2018, 11:20

RJSRdg wrote:
15 Dec 2018, 10:50
Thought about it, but in view of the cold weather, and the amount of hanging around at certain stations, decided against it.

Not really my favourite challenge, especially at this time of year...
Same for me pulled my hamstring at parkrun slightly walked the rest now having a beer cold weather has got into my bones not good.

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Re: Christmas Park Challenge 2018 - 15th December - Finsbury Park

Post by tractakid » 15 Dec 2018, 13:34

Afraid I was a DNS too. Just not in the right place to do it today. I normally love the Parks Challenge.
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Re: Christmas Park Challenge 2018 - 15th December - Finsbury Park

Post by greatkingrat » 15 Dec 2018, 17:56

DNF for me. Started OK then got to Hyde Park Corner to be greeted by a torrential downpour. Couldn't go back in the station as it was exit only and didn't particularly fancy trying to run to Green Park. Jumped on the first bus I saw which was heading up towards Marble Arch and decided that was enough.
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Re: Christmas Park Challenge 2018 - 15th December - Finsbury Park

Post by Iain » 15 Dec 2018, 18:36

It's absolutely filthy out there - I didn't envy you lot
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Re: Christmas Park Challenge 2018 - 15th December - Finsbury Park

Post by xcooler123 » 16 Dec 2018, 11:13

For those who did not start, you probably made the right decision at the end of the day as it was an absolute nightmare out there!

I also DNF due to Hyde Park Corner "exit only" issues so only 18 stations completed for me. After attempting to get into Green Park (closed) and Piccadilly Circus (exit only), I was completely soaked through, cold, shattered from lots of running and more than 1 hour down on my schedule. I therefore chose the pub as the best place for me to go next.

Up to that point, my bad luck on Park Challenges was continuing with one really stupid error on my part (realising I had forgotten to take an external photo at Tufnell Park when I had reached platform level) followed by a succession of late running trains (16 in a row!!). After my usual bad luck with buses between Kilburn Park and Westbourne Park, I was about 25 mins down on schedule when I reached Holland Park and finally caught a train which was on time. This was swiftly cancelled out by the usual farce on the Uxbridge branch at Park Royal and a late running train into Chiswick Park meant the run to Turnham Green was off the table. Then the Hyde Park Corner issues happened and that was that.

On a side note (and due to the issues people have had today), if Winter Wonderland is going to cause all these issues again and ultimately take all the fun out of doing the Parks Challenge (well for some of us Kev :lol: ) we should probably look at a different weekend next year if at all possible.
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Re: Christmas Park Challenge 2018 - 15th December - Finsbury Park

Post by tangy » 16 Dec 2018, 13:29

I battled through and managed to complete in a time of 08:26:22.

I deliberately timed my start carefully to get the Tube to Holloway Road so as not to have a long wait for the bus to Tufnell Park. Some good changes followed, including a 3 minute in/out at Belsize Park (train to train) and immediate turn arounds at Woodside, Canons and Moor.

It started to go downhill however, which all started when my H&C rolled in to Ladbroke Grove and I could see the bus I wanted to get me to Holland Park down below but couldn't quite reach it in time as there was a lot of crowding in the ticket hall. So ran to Holland Park but must have just missed a West Ruislip as the next four trains were for White City 1 min, North Acton 2 min, Ealing Broadway 3min and Ealing Broadway 8 min!

This was not good, so thought about running from West Acton to Park Royal, which after studying a map was pretty straightforward but to no avail, stood at Park Royal for 15 minutes waiting for a train (the curse of the UXB branch strikes again)!

Ran Chiswick Park- Turnham Green in the rain dodging some rather large puddles to try and claw some time back but think I got the next ex Ealing anyway. There was a "fist pump moment" coming back from Wimbledon Park as approaching Earl's Court the driver came over the tannoy and said we would be pulling into platform 1 (which is unusual for an ex Wimbledon train). Another bit of rare track which I have been trying to do duly done!!

As predicted Hyde Park Corner was exit only so jumped on a bus to Green Park (slow traffic) which I found fully open for entry and exit so had very little problem here.

Coming along the south side of Circle/District heading towards the three eastern Parks I still needed to visit the train pulled into Westminster and I made a last minute decision to ditch the District for the JLE to West Ham. Got to West Ham and back to the District platforms only to find the westbound at a stand with trains not moving but there was still trains going east at regular intervals.

Boarded the next eastbound to Upton Park, noting there was another Upminster behind in two minutes so quick dash in and out only to have a bit of deja vu as the train I ditched at Westminster rolled in, so my gamble to bail at Westminster paid off (as the next two trains behind were only going to Barking).

As I travelled towards Elm Park I still noted trains blocking back westbound to Barking, so knew I would have problems coming back. All appeared well coming back west with a 3-4 minute wait at Elm Park, just missed at GOBLIN at Barking by two minutes so decided to stay on the District. Bad move! The signalling fault had not yet been fully resolved so had an extended wait at Upton Park and again at Plaistow due to blocking back. I gave up and bailed at Plaistow for a bus to Stratford, saw two buses pull away just as I reached the stop but another was two minutes behind but traffic was slow approaching Stratford (and at the rear of a 5 bus convoy so had to wait our turn to get onto the stand). However got straight on a Newbury Park terminator to finally finish!
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Re: Christmas Park Challenge 2018 - 15th December - Finsbury Park

Post by tufnellpark » 16 Dec 2018, 14:38

Well you can't say you weren't warned! Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland was in full swing and a storm was due for the afternoon. It was my first Parks Challenge, so it could have been a baptism of fire. But actually it all went quite well.

An early 10:09 departure from Finsbury Park (leaving A2 to wait for a late running PC Brown) saw me head first to Tufnell Park and then north and west via the Parks to Park Royal. A few missed trains but generally it all went well. On my return to Zone 1, I knew Hyde Park Corner was exit only, so like many others I caught a Piccadilly Line train to there and ran in the rain to Green Park, which was shut. A quick external photo and a packed 38 bus to Victoria saw me on to the Victoria line and a pass through Green Park, 20 mins after I had arrived there. And that delay was to prove crucial.

Out to the east via Regents Park and Liverpool Street, I waited 9 mins for a Central Line train to Newbury Park, giving Stevoo the chance to catch up with me. We had a wait at Stratford for the lovely jubbly Line and then got lucky at West Ham with two consecutive Upminster trains and an Elm Park finish. Same time for both of us but Stevoo had started 15 mins later than me so was quicker; I told you the Green Park fiasco would prove crucial. My final time was 08:04:50. Not bad for a beginner.

Despite the weather and Winter Wonderland chaos around Green Park, I enjoyed the challenge. I just wonder why the taking an external photo rule was dreamt up? It would knock about 90mins off the challenge, if we were allowed to pass through a station and take a photo of the roundel on the platform (GWR rules), rather than head up to the surface in a lift, stairs or escalator when you don't have to. It simply makes a long challenge longer! What do others think?
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Re: Christmas Park Challenge 2018 - 15th December - Finsbury Park

Post by Going Underground » 16 Dec 2018, 19:30

There will be no rules change sorry, the external photo is what makes this challenge so unique and cant really be altered after so many years...
I was pretty lazy, waiting for buses rather than running in the filthy rain but managed with to get through HPC / Green Park deliberately early as I know what carnage can ensue there... But with a pathetic 8hrs 35mins on the clock and being at West Ham with Upton + Elm to do and the district line being in meltdown myself and A2 aborted and headed to the pub...

Here are the results as I know them as not sure how many stations Peter and Das has left to do??

1st Steeevooo - 7 49 36 at Elm
2nd Clive - 8 04 50 at Elm
3rd Tangy - 8 26 20 at Newbury

DNF + stations left
Das - ??
Peter - ??
Kev and A2 - 2 stations
Roblo - 5 stations
David - 6 stations

Roll on next year :D Starting station to be announced in due course
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