Myself and my partner were due to be in Nottingham to see a show tonight so I thought I would try to persuade her to come down (a lot) earlier so that I could get some distance tourism in without having to make a special trip down. Thankfully she agreed!
Once that was decided it was then a matter of which course, as there are 3 in Nottingham. I finally settled on this one because it is held next to a park&ride car park for the city centre tram so it was a perfect base for some actual tourism as well as parkrun tourism.
Thankfully there is a swimming pool and health centre just over the road (behind the school) that allowed me to go in and use their showers for a £1 charge – not sure if that is officially used by parkrunners or not but it was very useful for me so that I didn’t have to remain parkrun-fresh all day!
This course is one that I would recommend for anyone who wants to go to Nottingham for the day and still take in a parkrun course with maximum convenience.
The course starts in the middle of the park in front of the magnificent pavilion building (note for spectators, this is where my partner chose to watch from as you pass this section about 5 or 6 times during the run). You leave from the start with the building on your right and head down the path until you reach a right turn to go round the back of the park. This section has quite a large incline as you reach towards the top gates of the park, before then looping down back towards where you started. Before getting to the start line, you go back on yourself and follow the path away from the pavilion. Once you again reach one of the gates you loop back again before leaving the path to run across the bottom of the field (marked clearly by cones) to reach the pat on the other side of the field. From here you then run on the path round the edge of the park before turning right near another gate and approaching the start line in the other direction. You then take the first turn again (this time left) and go round the back of the park once again for a second lap of the same. Once you complete the second lap, you then carry on and finish in the same place as you started but in the opposite direction.
Although this run isn’t in Yorkshire, I would argue that it is just as hard, if not more so, than some of the Yorkshire Tough courses. Nottinghamshire Tough doesn’t have the same ring to it though.
- Time: 28:06
- Place: 31/57
- Gender Place: 24
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 3
- Age Graded Score: 45.91%
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: