Killerton parkrun, became only the second parkrun event to be staged on National Trust property when it joined the parkrun family in 2011.
Event Director Roger Rowe tells us more about this beautiful parkrun near Exeter in the South West of England…
As a long-term athlete now in my 70s, I wanted to give something back to both the running and wider communities.
I thought there was no better way to do this than through parkrun, and it has proved exactly the right vehicle ever since we launched on Saturday 30 April 2011.
Our event is located on the Killerton National Trust property, one of Devon’s great estates. consisting of 2,600 hectares (6,400 acres) of working farmland, woods, parkland, cottages and orchards.
The course itself is a very scenic, multi-terrain one-lapper. It can be tough going underfoot in winter, but an absolute joy at other times of the year!
It’s a cross-country style route following grassy tracks and stoney trails across open parkland, through woodland and working farmland.
It does mean we see the odd cow!
Now, we may be a bit biased, but we think we have one of the most incredibly stunning courses in the country, run though parkland created by Capability Browne in the late eighteenth century.
We are very fortunate that our beautiful course is popular with locals and tourists alike, and many times we have seen visitors stop to take photos during the run!
The impact on the local community has been immense since we started in 2011 with 47 finishers, with people of all different ages and backgrounds joining us, with a number of positive stories.
Five-time Olympian and legend Jo Pavey has joined us twice at Killerton, and at the opposite end of the spectrum we also have a parkrun 100 club member who is aged just six years old.
Love has also been in the air, and we have had two weddings from folk who met at Killerton parkrun!
Two more parkruns have now launched in the vicinity in the past 5 years – Exeter Riverside & Exmouth, and between us we often now have a combined 1,000 finishers each week, with a considerable room for more.
We have also welcomed hundreds of new walkers and runners over the 7 years and 350+ parkrun events we have staged at Killerton.
After parkrun, the the all-important cup of tea or coffee Stableblock café, handily placed just 100 metres from the finish line. The National Trust kindly now open the café early just for us!
There is free parking for National Trust members using their memberships cards (not windscreen stickers), or the car park costs £2 for non-members, with toilets available in Killerton’s visitor car park.
We certainly love our parkrun, and we are always happy to welcome first-timers and tourists alike.
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