Tuesday 2 February 2016

The Buckinghamshire parkrun Venues

The ceremonial county of Buckinghamshire is made up of Buckinghamshire County Council and Milton Keynes Council.

The pins on the map mark the locations of parkruns within the county. The green pins show the venues I have officially visited while the red pins are venues that I still need to visit. The list below covers 5k events only, not junior parkruns.

Aylesbury parkrun - nr Quarrendon and Meadowcroft Community Centre, Aylesbury
Course: Lollipop with two licks of the sticky part
Underfoot: Tarmac (??)
Profile: Flat
Notes: The original course that I ran was deemed short and subsequently lengthened
Further Reading: My Aylesbury parkrun blog entry

Black Park parkrun - Black Park Country Park, Slough
Course: One 5k point-to-point loop
Underfoot: Woodland paths
Profile: Flat
Further Reading: My Black Park parkrun blog post

Buckingham parkrun - Bridge Street Skate Park, Buckingham
Course: A lolliopop with two laps of the sweet part
Underfoot: Tarmac paths
Profile: Basically flat
Notes: A pretty, meandering course along the banks of the River Great Ouse
Further Reading: My Buckingham parkrun blog post

Bury Field parkrun - Bury Field, Newport Pagnell,
Course: 1 lap
Underfoot: Grass and Trail
Profile: tbc
Further reading: Not yet visited

Church Mead parkrun - Church Mead, Amersham Old Town, Buckinghamshire
Course: 2 laps
Underfoot: Mostly Off-road (dirt/mud / flint / tree roots), some tarmac
Profile: Hilly
Notes: Buggy runners speak to team first / fantastic views
Further reading: My Church Mead parkrun write-up from 2023

Higginson parkrun - Higginson Park, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Course: two small loops followed by an out and back
Underfoot: grass, tarmac, stony path
Profile: flat (plus a small bump during the two loops)
Notes: Nice course along the River Thames
Further reading: My Higginson parkrun write-up from 2023

Linford Wood parkrun - Linford Wood, Milton Keynes
Course: One lap
Underfoot: Tarmac and gravelly paths
Profile: Basically flat
Notes: Good twisty path in the last kilometre
Further Reading: My Linford Wood parkrun blog post

Milton Keynes parkrun - Willen Lakeside Park, Milton Keynes
Course: One lap
Underfoot: Tarmac
Profile: Mostly flat
Further Reading: My Milton Keynes parkrun blog post

Rushmere parkrun - Rushmere Country Park, nr Leighton Buzzard
Course: 2 laps
Underfoot: Forest trails
Profile: Undulating / hilly
Notes: PB gong! (Official address listed as Bedfordshire, but the entire course is in Buckinghamshire - parkrun have this event listed in the South East England region which would suggest it is in Buckinghamshire as Bedfordshire is in the East of England)
Further Reading: My Rushmere parkrun blog post

Springhill parkrun - HMP Grendon Springhill (NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)
Course: 3.5 laps
Underfoot: Grass
Profile: gently undulating
Notes: Takes place within the grounds of a prison - NOT SHOWN ON THE MAP ABOVE
Further reading: Not visited - takes place within a prison

Wendover Woods - Wendover Woods, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Course: One lap
Underfoot: Combination of stony paths and dirt paths (wide)
Profile: Hilly (very hilly according to course description)
Notes: Is in the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Further reading: My Wendover Woods parkrun write-up from June 2023

Wycombe Rye parkrun - The Rye, Bassetsbury Lane, High Wycombe
Course: A spirally out-and-back lollipop
Underfoot: Mixed terrain - Grass and various hard surfaces
Profile: Generally flat, but has some a small change in elevation (and some steps)
Notes: The course has steps but buggy runners have an alternative path
Further Reading: My Wycombe Rye parkrun blog post

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