All of the parkruns I have been to so far have been in small parks in the city designed as a small green release from the suburbia that surrounds them, but today I ran in some of the oldest and best known forest in England – Sherwood Forest – home of the fabled Robin Hood and his Merry Men.
The area where the parkrun is based is in a National Trust property called Clumber Park just outside of Worksop in Nottinghamshire. This is again somewhere I have been loads growing up, but I have to say even I had no idea of some of the trails we were running on as most of my time here in the past was spent over the other side of the lake or walking along the lakefront.
After the run was finished, myself and my partner stayed for most of the day and made the most of being in such a tranquil place by walking by the water and getting something to eat in the restaurant after coffee and cake at the cafe next to parkrun. We also contemplated hiring some bikes and going for a ride but most of them had already been hired out for the day, such was the popularity of the activity that day. This is without a doubt somewhere I would recommend as a family parkrun day-trip as there is plenty to do and the place is fantastic!
This was also my 3rd PB in 7 weeks, dead chuffed with that as I put my all in today!
This is a 2-lapped course which is fairly straight forward to navigate with very few twists and turns. It starts by the walled Clumber Park Estate Office & Gardens behind the cricket oval. From the start you run down the path and through the woods for just under 1 km before you take a right turn and start to run downhill for about 0.5km. You then turn right again and very gradually start to climb back towards the direction of the start/finish line. You will be running on a path with the woods on your right and a field on your left, then when the woods end you have a small chicane-type turn near an old stone gate before carrying on the path with a field on your right now. After another 0.5km you enter a small wooded area again and head through a gate just before a cycle hire shop, which is where you turn right on a woodchip path back towards where you started. This gate bit is where the course photographer was stood on the day I was there, so make sure to smile as you go past! Once you pass the cafe you do 1 more lap of the same before finishing in a slight downhill sprint to the finish in front of the cafe!
- Time: 25:19 (PB)
- Place: 26/66
- Gender Place: 22
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 1
- Age Graded Score: 50.95%
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: