Today I managed to persuade a friend to join parkrun and come with me in running a couple different courses, so we both took the small trip up the motorway to Dewsbury in West Yorkshire.
We got there so early that there were no other parkrunners nearby when we arrived so we were unsure if we were actually in the right place at first. As I am now becoming a bit of a seasoned veteran of parkrun tourism there are a few things I keep an eye out for when I am approaching events so that I can be sure I am in the right place and so that I know where I am heading to get to the start, but I could see nothing this morning. After a short walk into the middle of the park we started to see a few people starting to gather and thankfully found where we needed to be. Perhaps the wet weather was a factor in the runners arriving not looking like runners but me parking in the wrong car park quite a walk away from the start obviously didn’t help either.
This course is the most laps I have done in all the parkruns so far, with 1 smaller looped lap followed by 3 larger looped laps. This first lap starts at the bottom of the biggest hill on the whole course, so has the dubious honour of being the course with the most punishing hill earliest in the course. This is an indication of the rest of the course though, which is what I have come to expect from the ‘Yorkshire Tough’ courses as you have to deal with this hill 5 times as well as smaller other inclines at other areas of the course! Once you reach the top of the hill, you round a large fortress/pillar-like building near the top gate entrance and run down the path on the other side with a gentle decline. When you pass the children’s play area on your right, you turn left and then left again past a small pavilion building. After this you take a right turn and circumnavigate the walled herb garden in the park to come back to the start and complete the first small lap. For the second lap, it is the same again however when you reach the start line you carry on past to the right and run along the side of the duck pond – be careful here as it can get quite slippy! When you reach the end of the pond, you turn a hairpin left onto the lower level path below the pond and head back towards the start line. This however means that the long hill at first is even longer now! Two more of the same laps before you reach the start line and continue back up the hill again to the finish. Quite odd that both the start and the finish are uphill, definitely a punishing course but well worth running as you feel great after finishing it.
- Time: 27:07
- Place: 34/45
- Gender Place: 26
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 1
- Age Graded Score: 47.57%
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: