The course is unchanged. Two laps of Finsbury Park which feature sweeping views, a lake and a playground and which are meandering enough to be interesting. Granted there’s a hill at the end of mile one that recurs about halfway through mile three, but the preceding downhill is sweeping and there’s enough of a rest after the hill to allow for a final flourish.
I started at the back and stayed there chatting to Rosie, a relative newcomer to parkrun who hasn’t (gasp) printed off her barcode yet (is it only me who is motivated by free t-shirts?). I’ve missed that aspect of parkrun. Great though it’s been to get sub 27:30 again, nothing says parkrun quite like fascinating chats with random strangers.