One of the lovely things about parkrun is discovering parks that you never knew existed. When I think of Elephant and Castle, I picture the roundabout, but only a hop, skip and a jump away is Burgess Park, now host to another London parkrun.
The route is somewhere between flat and gently undulating. Like Wycombe Abbey, the course is best described as a scrunched up lollipop, though unlike Wycombe Abbey, you run twice around the loop, which gives you another opportunity to admire the lake.
Underfoot is well maintained tarmac path, so anyone looking for a buggy friendly course will be in luck, and at the start is a small building with lockers and changing facilities. All the mod cons.
As for the runners, there were some familiar tourist faces, but also a goodly number of true first-timers of all abilities, which bodes well for the future. Because as any tourist will tell you, it’s the local community that make parkruns so special.