It was rather wet for almost all parkruns last week with three having to cancel, hence the wet weather gear above! Alastair Stephens from Lower Hutt luckily missed all the bad weather and has written a lovely account of his travels in Scotland below.
Big thankyou to the volunteers today, awful day to be standing there but we do appreciate the effort – Darren Little, Hamilton Lake
Q: What’s wet wet wet? A: a Scottish band from the ’80s? – okay, your showing your age, no, the real answer is what it was like at 8am at Western Springs for the kickoff of event #86.
A hardy contingent of 50 runners huddled under the trees for the run briefing, which was deficient in not warning of lakes around the course in addition to the actual lake we’re accustomed to. Mercifully it abated to light showers shortly after ‘go’, and the weight of saturated shoes sloshing stoically around the three laps of the course would have bemused onlookers (though they’d have been mad to be out walking this morning). Peter/Run Director Western Springs
Having just returned from a four week trip to Scotland, I thought I would write a post about the parkruns I was lucky enough to participate in while I was overseas.
During our holiday, I completed parkruns at Hazlehead (near Aberdeen), Inverness, Linwood (near Glasgow), and Pollok (in Glasgow) – parkrun in Scotland starts at 9.30, which is quite a departure from our 8.00 starts!
Hazlehead parkrun takes place in a country park on the outskirts of the city. It is a pleasant course under trees. It goes out and back, mostly uphill on the way out and mostly downhill on the way back. Nice, friendly atmosphere and not too busy. .
Inverness parkrun follows a really interesting course by a river, with two short laps around a play park followed by three longer laps. It was quite congested at the start but I had a lot of fun working my way through the field to a third place finish.
Linwood parkrun had a very friendly, welcoming atmosphere. I stumbled upon their first birthday celebrations, which was nice. The course is two laps in a park right next to a sports centre. The course is fast. Very fast. I felt like I was running downhill slightly for the full 5km. Some local parkrunners confirmed that it is known as a fast course and that it is an excellent parkrun for attempting a new PB. I really enjoyed Linwood parkrun and I would recommend it to anyone visiting the Glasgow region.
Pollok parkrun takes place in Pollok Country Park, which is within Glasgow city. It is a popular parkrun and there was a lot of congestion at the start. The course follows two laps under trees and is made challenging by plenty of elevation.
I am looking forward to getting back to Lower Hutt parkun soon. Possibly this weekend! – Alastair Stephens, Lower Hutt
Great to read your report Alastair. It still amazes me that we can turn up to any parkrun anywhere, clutching our one little barcode; it’s almost as important as your passport! – Julia Gordon, Lower Hutt
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