Please read this carefully as from this Saturday we will be running a different course for the Winter months and nope this isn’t one of our 1st April stories!
As regulars to Tring Park will know, the area on both sides of our 1st gate and the path up the hill generally, get very muddy during the winter months, simply through wet weather and general usage. This part of the park has SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) status and as a result we have been discussing with the Woodland Trust an alternative route for the winter months, so that we don’t add to the condition of the paths/grassland in this area during these months.
Due to the recent poor weather, the Woodland Trust have requested that we accelerate these plans and switch to our Winter course from this Saturday (1st December). So, if you were driving in the rain along the A41 this morning you could have seen us wandering around the park, doing some measuring to finalise this route. Have a look at the map below to see our new Winter Route………
Although the start and finish are separated by 250m, the course is an out and back route primarily along the King Charles Ride.
We will assemble for the usual briefings etc in the valley near the pond (ie down the hill from the current finish and at about 3.8km on current course). This area will also be our finish funnel. After the briefing, we will walk c250m towards the NE corner of the park (just before we reach the Copper Beech trees ).
The initial part of the course will take us to the corner of the park (the current round-me sign), be careful as this bit is muddy/slippy, and out through the gate. Then we curve left and right and then it’s up a leafy steep slope (you'll love this bit!) to the obelisk and turn left to the summer house. Continue along King Charles Ride (ie the current route in reverse), past where we currently come up the hill, and all the way to the far end, ie the SW corner of the park, where King Charles Ride meets Hastoe Lane. Here you will run around a cone and run all the way back – hi-5-ing as you go!
We will stay on this course for the winter months and revert to our current summer course when conditions are suitable (probably mid to late March or early April)
Whilst I know you will be disappointed to not have Heartbreak Hill on your 5km route, those of you who like climbing hills will just love the 1st kilometre and as it’s the same route back, if downhill is more your thing, then it doesn’t get much better than our 5th kilometre, well unless you are going to take up abseiling!
As it’s an out and back along the same course, we will be asking people to run on the left side of the path, when runners are approaching from the opposite direction. That said regardless of your speed, you are guaranteed to see the rest of the field so plenty of opportunity for greetings of support, hi-5s etc etc
This Saturday, please set off a few minutes earlier to make sure that you arrive in time for the RD briefing.
Note that switching to a new course means that the volunteer team will be getting used to this new course and so we have decided to postpone our pacing week to a future week.
However we will still be holding our Tring kilted parkrun – so remember your tartan!