As I was still in the UK this weekend (back to Australia next week), I again took advantage of the plentiful UK courses to pick up another new one. This time, I went up the road to the Doncaster parkrun which had only started since I moved to Australia so I had not had the chance to do it before now.
It was again a brisk morning but this time I braved running without my jacket (must have been getting used to the weather by now) which felt more comfortable to run.
The run was not without it’s problems for me as my GPS decided it did not want to work properly at the start, so the first 100-250m were interesting trying to run while reset and reactivate my tracking on my arm. Thankfully I managed to do so without much disruption to the other runners getting on with their run, so the GPS graph of the course below is a little shorter at the start than in reality.
Also, with this being my 29th different parkrun course, only one more until I get back in the Most Events Global leaderboard 🙂
I believe the course I ran to be different to the official course, but this description is accurate as per the course I completed:
When you arrive at the car park, all the parkrunners gather at the side of the lake nearest the car park before making their way over the start line, which is on the other side of the lake. This is fantastic because otherwise the start may be a little difficult for people (especially tourists) to find. Anyway, the start of the run is a flat (kinda downhill) 500m run to the bottom end of the lake, where you turn and follow the lake round to where the finish line is. You then turn off from the lake up a hilly path (wouldn’t be Yorkshire Tough if it didn’t have a hill or two!) and follow the edge of the park round the edge of some football fields, through an area where they look to be planting row upon rows of new trees, back past the football fields again, and then down towards the playground. As you reach the gate near the play area, you turn left towards the lake and loop round the lake as you did on the first section of the course towards the finish line again. Then there are 2 more laps until you are able to finish, although a few people seemed to try to come through the finish with 1 lap remaining – could be due in part to the website saying it is a 2 lap course, or people losing their memory and count when running. Either way, the marshals were very keen-eyed and on the ball to spot the runners who genuinely were finishing from the ones who thought they were finishing.
- Time: 26:55
- Place: 50/103
- Gender Place: 45
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 1
- Age Graded Score: 47.93%
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: