This week I am finally running my ‘home’ course!
Growing up in the area, I have run and cycled this route many times in the past, including a few races, so for once I was completely aware of what type of run this would be – nice and flat with no fear of getting lost anywhere! It felt great to run my local course, and for the first time so far not have to wake up at the crack of dawn to get to a parkrun.
Although this course is technically in Yorkshire, I don’t feel it deserves to be part of the ‘Yorkshire Tough’ bracket of parkruns because it is so flat and simple to get round, there are no big hills that you have to scale 2 or 3 times (like at the other Yorkshire courses I have done so far).
I even set a new PB here! Part of me would like to keep my PB at my home course, but I want to aim for sub 25 minutes now so I don’t think that will happen.
This is probably one of the flattest and easiest courses to navigate in the whole parkrun world! It is 1 complete lap of both of the main lakes in the centre of the Rother Valley Country Park. You start near one of the many car parks just down from the walkway between the two lakes and from the start you head down with the main lake on your left hand-side, following the road. You keep following the road until you reach a gate at the watersports centre. At this point you go through the gate and follow the path all the way round the lake. When you reach near the end of the loop of the lakes, you pass through another gate and shortly afterwards run towards the right and then back on yourself again after the children’s play area for a sprint finish to the finish line just south from where you started.
- Time: 25:48 (PB)
- Place: 33/55
- Gender Place: 28
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 3
- Age Graded Score: 50.00%
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:
And the Course Information page on the parkrun website is:
Information on the park can be found here: