So, I did what I don’t usually like people doing and I went to the inaugural Cusworth Park run, it wasn’t just me, Corey (my oldest son came along too).
The first one was 5th October. date – but let me take you back a few weeks before.
My running club during the summer months, does “away runs” basically running in a different part of the town. They are always from a pub and we have chip buttys afterwards.
They are a great way to see the town, anyway in August there was one from a pub with a message to try the potential new parkrun route.
Then, on the 1st of October me and Corey did the Parkrun trial. Corey’s previous best at Parkrun had been around the 36 minute mark (he is 7 and doesn’t really do Parkruns anymore) but on that trial night he got just over 32 minutes.
Well that was it, we had to go back on the Saturday to get that time officially (trials don’t count towards your numbers).
In fact, on the Saturday he got 30:08 – not only had he just knocked another two minutes off he almost got sub 30 – which I don’t think is bad for a 7 year old and on this course.
Because I had done the two trial events and my son really want to get the official time I didn’t mind doing the first Cusworth Parkrun.
The course is not the easiest to understand. It starts and finishes at the same spot and I am not going to try and explain it, have a look at the strava image to see it, but the small lake you run around twice – very confusing, but the course is very well marshalled so its not an issue.
Also, you have to run diagonally up quite a steep hill and back on yourself.
For all these reason’s it’s not a PB course, but it’s worth attending – you run around the 18th century country hall and surrounding park.
There is parking on site and there is a small fee (machine wasn’t working when I went so not sure on costs) and there is a great café which I have used many times.
This will be a great summer course – very photogenic with a great core team of marshals to support you around.
Just don’t turn up expecting a PB it’s unlikely. Due to a steep downhill on pavements (near the big lake) I can image the course gets cancelled when there is frost on the ground so if you are planning on going during the winter months, check their Facebook page before you visit.
Once football training is off over the summer months, this will be a course we return too.
That was Corey’s 19th parkrun and my 65th parkrun.