This weekend I was visiting family on the fantastic Isle of Wight, which thankfully has a parkrun course not too far away from where I was staying (although is anything far away on the Isle of Wight?!) so not being one to miss an opportunity to pick up another course, I nipped down there.
In the run briefing, as is customary for most parkruns, the event team asked if there were any tourists present today and if there was anyone from the ‘mainland’, so I put my hands up as normal. This started the usual conversation of ‘where from’, etc but then led to the question of ‘Is this your first parkrun abroad?’ – Sadly I had to admit to them that I had run a couple in Australia only a month previous, think that unfortunately took the wind out of their sails a little, but they did keep called me ‘International’ every time they saw me out on the course, which was a nice touch 🙂
The course I ran today was not their normal course, as another event was taking place in the park, so they reverted to their ‘second’ course in Ryde instead. Therefore my review is based on the course I ran rather than their normal course – for details of their normal course please check their website.
This course is a little complicated to explain to be honest because it is made up of a couple of little loops and a couple of out-and-back sections, but I’ll do my best.
You start in the middle of Appley Park, near the top end of the car park and run away from the car park towards the middle of the field, round a tree and back towards the car park again. Once you reach the car park you run round the edge of the park onto a path above where you started and then carry on round the perimeter, going down through a wooden section, until you reach the water’s edge. You then run along the sea wall towards the town centre before looping back and running down on the lower level of the sea wall path. You continue running past where you joined the sea wall, past some old beach huts until you reach an entrance to a lower wooded section. Then you run back towards where you joined the sea wall again (in the opposite direction this time) before running again round the perimeter of the park towards the car park and once again out towards the tree you looped around earlier in the middle of the field. You then round the tree for a sprint finish back to where you started.
- Time: 27:30
- Place: 48/85
- Gender Place: 35
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 2
- Age Graded Score: 46.91%
Full details of my run can be found here:
And full details of the results from this parkrun can be found here:
And this week’s run report 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: