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 - Great Hollands Recreation Ground, South Road, Wokingham, Berkshire.
Course: 2 clockwise laps
Underfoot: Mixed terrain (grass / dirt / wood-chipped forest paths, tarmac)
Profile: Flat with a couple of gentle slopes
Notes: Worth a visit for the forest section alone 
Further reading: My Bracknell parkrun blog post

California Country parkrun - California Country Park, Wokingham, Berkshire.
Course: mixture of laps and an out-and-back (tbc)
Underfoot: Mixed. Dirt/mud, gravel
Profile: tbc
Further reading: not visited

Dinton Pastures parkrun - Dinton Pastures Country Park, Wokingham, Berkshire.
Course: 2 anti-clockwise laps (not identical)
Underfoot: Gravel/stones and dirt
Profile: Flat
Notes: Beautiful views across the lakes
Further reading: My Dinton Pastures parkrun blog post

Maidenhead - 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 - Greenham Common, Newbury, Berkshire.
Course: 1 single lap
Underfoot: Hardpack trail (gravel/stones) and tarmac
Profile: Mostly flat, some some very gentle inclines
Notes: Takes place on former site of RAF Greenham Common. Also has a Star Wars link.
Further reading: My Newbury parkrun blog post

Prospect - Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading. Berkshire
Course: Two laps
Underfoot: Grass
Profile: Generally flat
Further reading: Not visited

Reading - 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

Sandhurst Memorial - Sandhurst Memorial Park, Sandhurst, Berkshire
Course: small lap, then two large laps (course may change at times)
Underfoot: Grass, paths, and woodland
Profile: Flat
Notes: Buggy runners should consult the team before visiting
Further reading: My Sandhurst Memorial parkrun blog post

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

Woodley - 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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