Forest Rec parkrun

On Friday night, I was in Derby for a Christmas do and the hotel we were staying in was a mere 2 miles away from Darley parkrun.  It was the obvious choice, and the course description* promised an interesting run, but Derby is really quite close to Nottingham, and I know people in Nottingham.

I fired off an exploratory tweet…

forest rec nmoar

…pencilled Forest Rec into my diary, and filed Darley parkrun away for future reference.

A few weeks later, after confirming that @notmucharunner was still game, I inked Forest Rec into my diary and decided to see if I could tempt this year’s Cleethorpes Maravan WINNER to the party.

forest rec mike

Forest Rec is a tourist’s dream.  It’s easily accessible by both public transport and car, has toilets by the start, a café selling cake and full cooked breakfast at the end and a team of enthusiastic and highly visible volunteers to answer any and all questions about the course.  It also has a small indoor area where you can loiter if the weather is less than balmy and the café opens at 9am so any long-suffering other half you have dragged along can enjoy a coffee or two or three while you run.  The course may not have the beauty of woodland trail or the speed of flat tarmac, but it boasts a runnable up, a super-fast down and an enjoyable flat section which combine to make it a good all-round workout.

All of which was eclipsed by the chance to catch up with runners I only see very occasionally …

forest rec gedling

…even if one of them did take one of the most unflattering pictures ever to grace this blog 😉


*Grass … river … rowing club … small bank … bridleway … up the hill … rough tarmac … park gates … down the hill … café … grass … large tree … gravel trail … cricket pitch … meadow … river … patch of trees … meadow … children’s play area … rowing club … bank … bridleway … up the hill … rough tarmac … park gates … down the hill … café … grass … large tree … finish.



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3 Responses to Forest Rec parkrun

  1. Sounds like a lovely location! Some day…! 🙂

  2. When you do go back to Darley park eventually, give me a shout then too. I may venture into foreign lands 😉

    And hey, don’t do yourself down…It was lovely to see the back of you and Mike!

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