Penrose parkrun

18 Apr

Penrose parkrun #4 on 18th April was my first run since we got back from Japan and I was confident that I was feeling fit and healthy, even though I was fighting jet lag.

I had looked at previous results and thought that I could do well… however, I was entirely unaware of just how tough the course would be.

We arrived early at the car park, but had to jog 2.5km to the start. Fortunately, a chap who was in training for London marathon met us, so we started talking to him whilst running – well, I say ‘we’, but actually meant Stuart, the pace was a bit quick for me and I was doing my best just to keep up!

There were various people milling around near the start.

Penrose parkrun1

After a brief briefing, we headed to the start point. I was aware that the first part of the course had a bit of an uphill, but was pleased to find that there was also a downhill, where I managed to pass a couple of runners.

Then it was onto a long drag uphill. It was along the cliffs so there was a gale-force wind refreshing breeze. At the start, several runners wearing long-sleeved tops and tights had commented on my shorts and t-shirt, but I was glad that I wasn’t wearing more. I saw a chap start to remove an extra layer and called out to him about how warm it was. we then started chatting. Like me, he was a parkrun tourist. He commented that his wife hates it that he is able to run faster than him; I explained that with a husband as quick as mine, I also have the same problem.

We turned a corner and found ourselves on a steeper incline. At this point, we both agreed that some speed walking might be more successful than our slow jog. I can’t remember the last time I walked during a parkrun, but I was grateful of a rest at this point. Surely there must be a downhill soon?

We carried on uphill and finally saw a downhill and the finish.

Penrose parkrun 2

Having originally aimed for a sub 27 minute parkrun, I was relieved that I had finished in under 30 minutes!

Penrose parkrun

Penrose parkrun

This is a picturesque course that definitely suits people who like cross-country. Unfortunately, it doesn’t start and finish in the same place, so there isn’t the fantastic downhill finish that I had been hoping for, although it did mean that the walk back to the start wasn’t too bad.

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