Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Berkshire parkrun venues

The ceremonial county of Berkshire is made up of the six unitary authorities of Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, and Wokingham.

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.


 


Bracknell parkrun - Great Hollands Recreation Ground, South Road, Wokingham, Berkshire.
Course: 3 anti-clockwise laps
Underfoot: Mixed terrain (tbc)
Profile: Flat with a gentle slope
Notes:
Further reading: not yet visited


Maidenhead parkrun - Braywick Park, Maidenhead, Berkshire.
Course: 2 clockwise laps plus a start-finish tail
Underfoot: mostly hard surface - a little splashy/muddy in the winter
Profile: Flat, but with a very short, sharp incline which is run twice
Notes: run mostly in a nature reserve, features a section next to The Cut (river)
Further reading: My Maidenhead parkrun blog entry


Newbury parkrun - Greenham Common, Newbury, Berkshire.
Course: 1 single lap (with a start/finish tail)
Underfoot: Hardpack trail and tarmac
Profile: Flat (it takes place on a runway)
Notes: Runners must not pee on Greenham Common as permission for the event may be revoked.
Further reading: not yet visited


Reading parkrun - Thames Valley Park, Reading, Berkshire.
Course: Lollipop (start/finish tail and two loops of the sweet part)
Underfoot: Towpath and gravel footpath
Profile: Flat
Notes: The land sometimes suffers from flooding
Further reading: not yet visited


Upton Court parkrun - Upton Court Park, Slough, Berkshire.
Course: Two anti-clockwise laps (not identical)
Underfoot: Grass and tarmac
Profile: extremely gentle undulations
Notes:
Further reading: My Upton Court parkrun blog post


Woodley parkrun - Woodford Park, East Reading, Berkshire.
Course: 3 clockwise laps (lap one slightly different)
Underfoot: Grass and tarmac
Profile: Mostly flat, but has a short, sharp incline next to the lake
Notes: Earphones not permitted (or one earbud only) here due to safety reasons
Further reading: My Woodley parkrun blog entry



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