“Mostly flat and enjoyable” was how Wycombe Rye parkrun was described to me. It’s a perfectly truthful description, but it doesn’t really give you the full picture.
The route is a lollipop that has been through a mangle, an intriguing mixture of playing fields and tree-lined paths, with a swan-filled lake and waterfall thrown in for good measure.
And it is mostly flat. There is a slight rise as you come up to the 2k point, a sharp dip as you cross into the loopy playing field, a steep climb up a bank as you return to the tree-lined path and another rise to return you to the 3k point, but really, the only things that will stick in your memory are the twelve steps up the bank. Short, sharp and over before you know it, but they do get your heart pumping. Next time, I’m walking up them. And bringing my swimsuit so that I can take advantage of the newly refurbished lido.