Three parkrundays, three very different parkrun experiences.
Cuerden Valley parkrun
Profile: Down. Two undulating laps. Up.
Underfoot: Mixture of tarmac and trail.
Surroundings: Stunning, with some lovely sections through the trees.
Company: Superb – a tweetup with @knittingpenguin and @richeginger
Goal: A recovery run following Race to the Stones. Gentle pace, walking the ups.
Café: Make your own tea; bring your own nibbles; it’s all about the chat.
Special thanks to: Neil McDonald for describing the route and being generally welcoming.
Profile: Three undulating laps, plus a smidge.
Underfoot: Tarmac. Slippery when wet.
Surroundings: Parkland and pavilions.
Company: Ad hoc. Chatted to some regulars, some first timers and some volunteers.
Goal: First steady run since Race to the Stones.
Café: Superb range of food, but doesn’t open until 10am, so not a core part of the parkrun.
Congratulations to: Patricia Nolan, running her 100th parkrun.
Queen Elizabeth parkrun
Profile: Net downhill… but with a 1km long drag and an uphill finish, you won’t think so.
Underfoot: Chalky paths and grassy slopes
Company: Hosted by @kiernan5
Goal: Final part of a long run (with thanks to Kiernan and Marie for their company and route selections).
Café: Nice drinks, part and parcel of the parkrun experience and relaxed about people bringing their own cakes. You can’t really ask for more.
Kudos to: Tony Ryan, running in full army gear complete with 30lb pack.