Although Rother Valley parkrun is my ‘home’ course, this one can probably claim to be my ‘second home’ course because it is in the neighbourhood where my partner grew up and where I used to play rugby as a child, so I have spent a bit of time here over the years too.
The only downside for me is that part of the run overlooks the home of Sheffield Wednesday football club and with me being a supporter of the local rivals Sheffield United made me a little quiet as I ran past 😉 It did make me think though about how many other parkrun courses are so close to football stadiums? I know a couple are in racecourses but I don’t know of any others that run alongside football stadiums.
Along with a number of courses that I have run so far, this is a 3-lapped course but with all three laps being the same, which was a relief after some cleverly put together parkruns with different lap plans in the last few weeks. You start just in front of the children’s play area and the run briefing is even held from the top of a slide! With the play area on your left-hand-side, you run along the path before following the path round to the right and carrying on round the edge of the park to the car park. You then run round the car park and round the tennis courts before heading up a small hill past the duck pond. After the pond there is a small chicane bend to the left and you then start to run back up hill again before turning right just before you reach the top of the park. Once turned you head towards what used to be an old manor building but now houses a library, cutting across the gravel path in front of the building before looping back down towards the start line. Two more identical laps and the finish is then just a small distance down the tree-laden path from the start line.
- Time: 25:59
- Place: 40/74
- Gender Place: 32
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 6
- Age Graded Score: 49.65%
Full details of my run can be found here:
And full details of the results from this parkrun can be found here:
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Information on the park can be found here: