Thanks to Sophie Olejnik for this weeks fantastic run report and to all our amazing volunteers
I came across Lanhydrock parkrun, a while back on that parkrun elevation website. I’d sort by elevation to see where my local runs in Northamptonshire compared to the ‘hardest’ in the country - which at the time was Lanhydrock. I was in awe of a 5k with 452 ft of elevation gain; compared with with the 31 ft at my local run. Imagine how slow I’d be with those hills.
We happened to be coming down to cycle the camel trail, staying nearby. As parkruns have become part of our Saturday routine. We had to run it.
Thanks to Sophie Olejnik for this weeks run report
It was a lovely morning - perfect running conditions. The setting is on point. Well signposted and easy to find, easy parking and toilets with no queues.
A parkrun start is always easy to find - follow the fellow lycra clad folk. The walk down to the start is beautiful. And sets the scene for what is to come. The welcome was friendly with a great OS map of the route - handy if you were planning on running a sub 17 minute 5k.
3... 2... 1 and we’re off. Hurtling down hill at breakneck speed. We continued up and down. Through pretty scenery, woods with bluebells all the way down to the river then back up. The hills were brutal. The encouragement of the marshals just about kept me going. The savvier runners ahead of me, walking up the inclines and then sprinting off, maybe they were onto something as running didn’t seem to be getting me very far.
The finish is a welcome downhill sprint outside the house. Don’t think I’ve ever been so grateful to see the finish sign and end the hardest 5k I’ve ever done. It was enjoyable once it was over, the house and the grounds are so pretty. There was a good looking cafe. But we were headed for the camel trail. When the results came through, it was a pleasant surprise that the hills only robbed about 2 minutes off my normal times.
It’s a wonderful parkrun in a breathtakingly beautiful place. Don’t let the elevation gain put you off.
1st back by almost a minute was James Trubridge with a superb time of 19:29.
Congratulations on the 8 people who completed their 1st ever parkrun - I hope the hills didn’t put them off coming back.
The perfect conditions led to 17 runners getting PBs - well done all.
This event was only possible thanks to the volunteers. Thank you to: Dave ANDERSON, Nicky BRENTON, Tom COLLINS, Darrell FULLER, Helen GAMLEN, Holly GARBETT, Carolyn GARLAND, Lawrence HARRISON, Jackie HASKINS, Ann HORTON, Alan JEFFREY, Monique JEFFREY-JONES, Jake LOEWENDAHL, Tim MCEVOY, Rachel MCEVOY, Calvin MUDD, Ian RINGER, Jenna ROBERTS, Poppy ROBERTS, Lesley TAPHOUSE, John TILLEY
See you all soon, happy running