Down in the south west of England, in the county of Devon, you can find the scenic Tamar Trails parkrun.
Stuart Queen from Tamar Trails parkrun takes us on a tour of his home event…
We are situated in an Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) nestled in the Tamar Valley on the border of Devon and Cornwall.
We may be a little bit biased (okay maybe VERY biased!), but it is stunning and we love sharing this special place with old parkrunners and new.
The event takes place at the Tamar Trails Centre, Woodlands, and the route is all on an undulating woodland trail. It can be a little uneven underfoot in places, with a big hill at the finish.
If you get to mile two and start going up and wonder to yourself “Is this the hill?”… sadly it’s not! You will certainly know when you are on THE hill, but once you reach the top you are almost there!
The most famous landmark on our course is the old Arsenic mines along the way which offer stunning views of the Tamar Valley and some of its mining heritage.
If I was trying to convince a parkrun tourist to come and visit us at Tamar Trails, I would say it’s a single lap course with some stunning views and an awesome cafe at the end. Oh, and there’s a running shop too!
For our post-parkrun coffee, we head to the Beach Tree cafe, which is situated at the trails.
Amongst our parkrun family, Andy Houghton is one of our regular timekeepers, and he is a keen fell runner. He often does well in the 70+ category at events, and remarkably he has survived two (or maybe three!) strokes and a couple of bike crashes.
He is still going strong and is a staunch member of both the parkrun and the wider running community.
The impact on the local community has been significant. We have had a huge number of people discover the fantastic area we have by coming to our parkrun. Many have gone on to join local running clubs, including the Tamar Trail Runners who are based here.
We have had so many wonderful stories of how people have gone from non-runners to runners, lost weight, gained fitness and self-confidence and found new friends.
We feel very lucky to be part of it and see it happen!
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