On 16 November 2019, Mallards Pike parkrun was cancelled. I knew this in advance, so I headed to Cologne, Germany to run Aachener Weiher parkrun with six of my parkrun tourist friends. This was my first international parkrun and 54th different parkrun location. I am embarrassed to say, that none of our group spoke any German. This was not a problem as when we arrived at the parkrun, we were greeted by a very friendly group of volunteers, some of whom were Brits who currently live in Germany.
Before the start, we had a chat with a number of other tourists travelling from England, Wales and South Africa. In total, there were 43 runners, a large proportion were tourists.
Aachener Weiher parkrun is a two lap, winding, undulating route over the hills of the Hiroshima Nagasaki Park and around a lake. It is a pretty parkrun and very friendly. I would highly recommend it.
After the parkrun, I got chatting to the volunteers and introduced myself. It turned out, that one of the volunteers Julia Loveridge was from Gloucester and was planning a visit to the UK. I told her about our parkrun and she said she would have to come and visit us.
So this week Julia Loveridge came to visit Mallards Pike parkrun and this is what she had to say about it
“parkrunners both canine and human were raring to go on this sunny December morning at Mallards Pike. Greeting us on the course were the wonderful marshals as well as some wild boar who didn’t exactly stick to the path!
Anyone who wasn’t sure where the start was, simply needed to follow the enthusiastic barking of the cani-cross participants. It soon became clear why the run director was using a microphone to announce the start.
The undulating course started with a deceptively challenging long climb up through the trees before winding back down towards the lake again. Woe betide anyone who forgot the sharp incline to the finish line!
All in all the course is a fantastic mix of physically challenging and easy underfoot with wonderful scenery and supportive marshals to help you through the twists and turns of this rural run! “
Thank you for visiting Julia and agreeing to write our report.
Below is a photo of one of the enthusiastic dogs who was so keen to announce where the start was. Many thanks to our brilliant photographer Bob Cummings.
This week 69 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:
Claire O'BRIEN • Sue ASHTON • Mark AINSWORTH • Alan ROBERTSON • Cherry FOWLER • Andrew KAYE • Simon ROBERTS • Vic N' SKRUFF (AINS) • Mark BAKER • Daniel CUMMINGS • Emily CUMMINGS • Robert CUMMINGS • Rob N Beatrice BEVES • Julia LOVERIDGE • Albert WILDEN • James WILDEN • Logan KIBBLE • Clare CURTIS • Joe KENNEDY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Mallards Pike parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Matthew REES who recorded a time of 16:56 on 21st September 2019 (event number 4).
The female record is held by Sarah KINGSTON who recorded a time of 19:44 on 23rd November 2019 (event number 10).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rachael WHEELER who recorded 85.67% (22:20) on 12th October 2019 (event number 7).
Mallards Pike parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 869 participants have completed 1,223 parkruns covering a total distance of 6,115 km, including 133 new Personal Bests. A total of 92 individuals have volunteered 212 times.