Sunday, 29 October 2017

The Suffolk parkrun venues

The county of Suffolk.

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 or those not open to the public (prisons).

Alton Water - Alton Water, Stutton, Suffolk
Course: Two laps (plus finish tail)
Underfoot: Gravel, stony paths, dirt paths, grass, tarmac.
Profile: Very gently undulating
Notes: Very peaceful. Has Highland Cows.
Further reading: My Alton Water parkrun blog post

Brandon Country Park - Brandon Country Park, Bury Road, Brandon, Suffolk
Course: One-and-three-quarter laps
Underfoot: Forest trails / dirt paths / sandy paths
Profile: Long gentle incline and decline
Notes: Look out for the mausoleum in the forest
Further reading: My Brandon Country Park parkrun write-up 2023

Bury St Edmunds - Nowton Park, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
Course: Two laps
Underfoot: grass / dirt etc tbc
Profile: sounds like there is a hill (tbc)
Further reading: not yet visited

Chilton Fields - Chiltern Fields, Stowmarket, Suffolk
Course: Three laps
Underfoot: Mixed terrain
Notes: No dogs permitted at the venue
Further reading: not yet visited

Clare Castle - Clare Castle Country Park, Clare, Nr. Sudbury, Suffolk
Course: 3 laps
Underfoot: Paths, generally firm. A little muddy in winter.
Profile: Flat
Notes: Some paths are very narrow
Further reading: My Clare Castle parkrun blog post

Felixstowe - Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe
Course: Two different out-and-backs along the seafront
Underfoot: tarmac
Profile: Looks flat
Further reading: Not visited

Great Cornard - Great Cornard Sports Centre, Great Cornard, Sudbury, Suffolk
Course: 2 small / 2 large laps
Underfoot: Mostly grass, but also some tarmac
Profile: Flat
Further reading: My Great Cornard parkrun blog post

Harlestone Magpies - Harlestone Magpies Hockey Club, Diss, Suffolk
Course: 3 laps
Underfoot: Grass
Further reading: not visited

Haverhill - Puddlebrook Playing Fields, Haverhill, Suffolk
Course: 2 small laps, three larger laps, 1 small lap
Underfoot: Looks like mostly grass (tbc)
Profile: tbc
Notes: Limited facilities / No on-site toilets / No public transport (tbc) [starts 10 March]
Further reading: Not yet visited

Ipswich - Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk
Course: One lap
Underfoot: Mostly grass/dirt but also some tarmac/gravelly paths
Profile: gently undulating
Notes: Very enjoyable course. Venue changes to Christchurch Park in the winter.
Further reading: My Ipswich parkrun (Chantry Park) blog post

Kesgrave - Millennium Jubilee Hall, Millennium Field, Kesgrave, Ipswich, Suffolk
Course: Two small loops followed by a long out and back
Underfoot: Grass
Further reading: not yet visited

Lowestoft - Lowestoft Promenade, Lowestoft, Suffolk
Course: 1 and 3/4 laps
Underfoot: Tarmac, concrete, and gravel
Profile: Flat but with an uphill slope which is run twice (tbc)
Further reading: not yet visited

Rendlesham Forest - Rendlesham Forest Centre, Tangham, Woodbridge,
Course: 1 lap(ish)
Underfoot: Mixed terrain
Profile: Mostly flat - 1 gentle incline
Notes: May be unsuitable for some buggy runners - speak to team before visiting
Further reading: My Rendlesham Forest parkrun blog post

Sizewell - Beach Car Park, Sizewell, Leiston, Suffolk
Course: One lap / Out and back with a loop at the far end
Underfoot: Sandy grassland tracks
Profile: Generally flat but does have some gentle undulations
Notes: Takes place in front of the Sizewell Nuclear Power Stations
Further reading: My Sizewell parkrun blog post

Thomas Mills - Thomas Mills High School, Framlingham, Suffolk
Course: Two laps
Underfoot: Grass
Profile: tbc
Further reading: not yet visited

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