Sunday 29 October 2017

The Bedfordshire parkrun venues

The historic county of Bedfordshire is made up of the unitary authorities of Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council, and Luton Borough Council.

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

Bedford parkrun - Bedford Park, Park Avenue, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Course: Two and a half laps
Underfoot: Tarmac
Profile: Flat
Notes: Fast and flat course - good for a pb attempt
Further reading: My Bedford parkrun blog post

Dunstable Downs parkrun - Dunstable Downs, Whipsnade, Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Course: One lap
Underfoot: Grass and trails
Profile: Undulating
Notes: Dogs not permitted at the event. Contact team for advice re buggies (from official page)
Further reading: My Dunstable Downs parkrun blog post

Great Denham parkrun - Queen Eleanor Driver, Great Denham, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Course: Two anti-clockwise laps
Underfoot: compact sand/gravel and tarmac
Profile: Flat
Notes: A pavilion with toilets is being built, but as of June 2018 there are none
Further reading: My Great Denham parkrun blog post

Henlow Bridge Lakes - Henlow Bridge Lakes, Bridge End Road, Henlow, Bedfordshire
Course: Two and a half laps
Underfoot: Footpaths (detail tbc)
Profile: Flat
Further reading: Not yet visited

Houghton Hall parkrun - Houghton Hall Park, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Course: A short half-lap round to the finish point, followed by two full laps from the finish point
Underfoot: Hard standing paths, even through the wooded sections.
Profile: Flat
Notes: Fast and flat - quite twisty in places.
Further reading: My Houghton Hall parkrun blog post

Luton Wardown parkrun - Wardown Park, Old Bedford Road, Luton, Bedfordshire
Course: Three and a bit laps
Underfoot: Mostly tarmac but with a short section on grass (run four times)
Profile: mostly flat with a short incline at the northern end of the course
Notes: PB Bell!
Further reading: My Luton Wardown parkrun blog post

Millennium Country parkrun - Forest of Marston Vale, Millennium Country Park, Marston Moretaine
Course: Out and back
Profile: Flat
Notes: No dogs permitted at this event
Further reading: not yet visited

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

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