So here it is, our alternative route to run while Cruella is out of action! The council are putting in new drainage and resurfacing the road there, which means that hill (the one up from the steps in the wood) is out of action until at least next week.
The start and end of the course remain pretty much identical, starting and ending on the running track. The start line will be on the track, close to the Leverhulme park centre. Running clockwise round the track as usual, you will complete two laps of the track instead of one.
You’ll then exit the track to run past and down behind the football pitches, as you would normally.
When you reach the end of that path (where shouty Dave normally stands!) instead of turning right you’ll swing a left and run UP Cinder Hill, towards the running track. At the top, you’ll turn right and run towards Cruella. It’s SUPER important that you keep right from here on.
When you reach the tarmac crossroads you’ll keep running straight on, with your back to the running track. When you reach a gate you’ll take a left and run twice around the large grass space there. It’s a tarmac path down one side (a cycling track specifically, so PLEASE watch out and make way for cyclists), and grass on the other three sides. We tested this in the rain and whilst it may be muddy, the surface is generally very good. For this reason though we would recommend off road or trail shoes if you have them.
Once you’ve ran that loop around the field TWICE, you’ll run back onto the tarmac path and from there, follow the ‘usual’ route home: back towards the running track, down Cinder Hill, up behind the football pitches and take a left to run the out and back section.
Coming back to the track you will enter through the gate and turn right as normal. Here you will complete almost a full lap of the running track, finishing your run almost back by the gate. Timers, tokens and scanners will all be positioned there
We’ve worked hard to measure and assess this course so that we don’t have to cancel the event two weeks running. Whilst the tourism can be good for the soul, we also want to save you having to put in extra miles to get your usual parkrun fix!
This has all been sorted by volunteers, and on the day, we ask that you continue your usual form of treating volunteers like heroes, particularly with patience, as we make sure everything is just right.
This course may be a little faster than usual, given the distinct absence of running twice up Cruella and a longer amount of time on the track. That said, it is a longer route and there are two loops on a field which may even it out a little. IF you, your partner, your children, your parents, your friend, that person you’ve seen a few times but can’t ever remember their name are MAD keen on your PB history, you should play this course carefully. When we revert back to the normal course, you might not want to find yourself in a position where you could never beat that PB ever again!
We would strongly advise against runners taking part with a buggy. We hate to be party poopers but because of the surface of the grass loop, and the tight room for passing one another, a buggy would present a risk to the wellbeing of other parkrunners or park users. Sorry guys.
That said, if you’re in it for the fresh air, the community spirit and mingling with fellow like-minded crazy people who CHOOSE to be out of bed at that time on a Saturday, you’ll be welcome as ever.
All of this is great news, but AS EVER: please keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook or Twitter pages on Saturday morning, in case we have to cancel for bad weather!
See you on Saturday.
The Bolton parkrun Team