New parkrun course try out

As there is a new parkrun starting up in 2 weeks time, me and Chris thought it only right that we try the course out. I managed to plot the one lap on Garmin Connect and then transferred it to my watch so it was a GO. We drove out and parked and at first dismayed to see that it was a Pay & Display car park but then it got better as the first 2 hours were free and you just pressed the button to get a ticket. Followed watch and found the start and it was a go go go, talk about narrow paths they should be fun, and we set off around the route, started out a bit fast as it was downhill and was amused to come upon some ‘chicanes’ more likely cycle slowdown setups. One point there was a nasty wooden bollard that was just right if a runner around 5′ 10″ didn’t watch out forĀ a case of “OUCH that hurt”, reached the road section and then soon rejoined the park paths and then began the uphill slog back to the start area. Two more laps later we finished a rather tough 3.1 mile run, knackered and sweaty but happy to have tried it out. Chris is now contemplating making it a regular run.