This morning I headed over to the course in Barnsley’s Locke Park as I again didn’t want to waste a local event on a weekend when I wasn’t busy. Today very much had a similar feel to last week’s run at Rotherham parkrun, same number of laps, same type of park, even down to a similar topography with a big hill along the course. I think both of these courses definitely deserve the moniker of ‘Yorkshire Tough’ that I have heard being attributed to them!
The other thing that was nice to see was that the blind gentleman who I ran with last week at Rotherham was also here as well, but this time he was running without a guide! He must know this course a little more, but as he was running at a similar pace to myself for the majority of the race I ran with him for small sections talking to him as he went round and letting him know of any potential obstacles. People like him really are an inspiration, if he can still get out and go running when he can barely see then the majority of us have no excuse whatsoever!
This course is another 3-lapped course but all 3 laps are identical. The start line of this course is just a short walk down from the pavilion building where you meet and the run briefing is held. From the start you run back past the pavilion and then hang a left just after the bowling green to do a small loop around the heavily wooded area before heading back to the edge of the park. You then continue round the edge of the park, being guided fantastically by the course marshals until you are heading back towards the pavilion. The first 1km of each lap is a gradual incline but the last 0.5km is downhill so it makes for a great sprint finish on the last lap, but be careful as there are a couple of twists and turns in the course to navigate on the way to the finish.
- Time: 28:31
- Place: 62/100
- Gender Place: 53
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 7
- Age Graded Score: 45.24%
Full details of my run can be found here:
And full details of the results from this parkrun can be found here:
The Facebook page for the course is:
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Information on the park can be found here: