At the moment it seems I am trying to fit in my parkruns around my other running events, but today I wasn’t actually taking part in an event but rather photographing an event my partner was taking part in. The event was actually taking place in Clumber Park, but sadly I have already done that course so I had to be a little more creative and drive a bit further to Newark this morning to try to get my parkrun fix in as well as doing my other commitments.
When you pull up into the car park here it looks very modern but not really very big, not nearly big enough to host a parkrun. Gladly I found out that it deceptively hides a second park further down and fits a parkrun in its surroundings easily!
Today was also the day before the Great North Run so there were a number of runners who were stopping off here for a bit of tourism on the way. In true Great North Run style though they weren’t just any old runners, we had Batman, Superman, Iron Man and a whole host of other superhero characters! It did feel a bit surreal to be overtaken by Batman halfway round the course but it matched the parkrun ethos perfectly and brought a smile to a lot of people’s faces 🙂
This course starts with a small flat run through to the start of the lapped section which you complete 3 times before heading back out on the flat run to the finish. You start just down from the car park next to the Rumbles Cafe and run away from the car park for the first 250m passing the newly refurbished section of the park with a modern art installation and ‘bridged’ path. Then you take a left turn to the start of the lapped section and head through a chicane on a small leafy path before heading along a wooden boardwalk at the side of the river. You run alongside the river for another 250m before zigzagging through the wood and popping up on the football fields. You then run along the perimeter of the sports field, all the way round until you head back and reach the club house before rounding the buildings back out to run round the edge of the football fields behind the building as well. You then join back where you started the lap and continue twice more before heading back out towards the car park for a downhill sprint finish.
- Time: 26:21
- Place: 40/94
- Gender Place: 35
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 5
- Age Graded Score: 48.96%
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: