Northlands Park is the venue for the new Basildon parkrun, starting at 9am on Saturday, April 5th. parkrun is a weekly, timed 5km run, run by volunteers, but with a full timing and online results service.
Northlands Park is easily accessible from the A13 and A127. Limited car parking is available at the park, at the Felmores Road entrance. Additional parking is available in Burnt Mills Road, adjacent to the Watermill Beefeater Restaurant and in the Watermill car park (SS13 1BW). When parking at the Watermill please use the over-flow car park first (newly tarmac’d areas) - once in the car park this area is to the right. We aask you are considerate of Premier Inn and Watermill guest parking.
The park’s 60 acres includes fishing lakes, a sports court, cafe, toilets, rose gardens, children's play area and skate park. From this coming Saturday, it will also boast a parkrun.
The parkrun course is slightly less than three laps. It starts at the northern end of the park by the cafe. Runners will head north on the path then anticlockwise around the lakes, turning south and onto a wooded trail. Lovely….
Sorry. No. You will soon reach a short, upward hill. Ok, it is not exactly Yorkshire, but it is pretty sharp for south east Essex. Event Director (the wonderful) Tracy Bliss has promised to make sure that the hill is marshalled by adults only, just in case the air turns blue. We are yet to establish whether ropes and crampons will be needed in the winter, though trail shoes might be a good idea.
It's just a gentle slope... and look how pretty it is
What goes up, must come down, and there is a fantastic, gentle descent on grass, after which you turn north again back on the paths. The final challenge of Basildon parkrun is that you reach the finish before you get back to the start. No cheating, take the right turn, head back toward the cafe and onto laps two and three, and then you can head to the finish line by keeping left.
Once you’ve finished, you have the opportunity to hang out and support others cheering them onto the laps. Follow it up with a friendly social with fellow parkrunners in the park café.
Full information can be found on the website at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/basildon.
Great location, fantastic course, lovely people, let's have an excellent inaugural parkrun on Saturday April 5th at 9am. See you there!