B Course details – Yeovil Country Park

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With the cancellation of the Yeovil Montacute parkrun this week, here’s a chance to look ahead to our forthcoming trip down to our all new B Course at Yeovil Country Park!

As you may be aware, we move from our Montacute House home for the early part of the year - we'll be in the centre of Yeovil from 1st January until the week before Easter - to give the parkland a much needed break from the weekly 300 – 400 pairs of runners’ feet.

By moving to Yeovil Country Park – Ninesprings – we will have a course on tarmac paths that will mean that we’d only have to cancel in the case of ice and snow (hopefully that’s not the cue for a 2 month long white winter!)

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Only 1 cancellation in the stint earlier this year - when it was a bit slippy!

We will have an extra run on Wednesday 1st January 2020 (10.30am start to allow you to run over at Henstridge or Street first) and then Saturday 4th January (usual 9am start) & each Saturday thereafter.

Location

The course will start and finish outside Goldenstones Leisure Centre (Brunswick Street, BA20 1JZ). The Centre is open on a Saturday morning if you want a pre- or post-run swim or gym session!

Course

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The course will use the pathway along the old railway line route through Yeovil Country Park and we’ll run out past the Cinema / Nuffield Centre complex and out as far as the Pen Mill pub, before turning round and coming back the same way.

Back at Goldenstones we’ll run out to the gate by the B&M store before another turn, back under the railway bridge and sprint for the finish!

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If in doubt, follow Kev, our lead bike!

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No Buggies or Dogs

Yeovil Country Park is a popular place to cycle with the kids or take the dog for a walk and the paths are ideal for this… However as there will be lots of you and parts of the course are on fairly narrow paths there will be no dogs and no buggies on the parkrun – there will be more people using the Park at the same time as us than we get at Montacute and we want to avoid any issues.

Puddles 

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We found earlier this year that on wet runs the course gets big puddles in certain places - and this causes issues when people try to run around them (and into the path of oncoming runners) rather than taking what needs to be called the "Colin McRae method"...

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Records

It is not possible to have separate records for the two courses, and the B course at Ninesprings is a bit quicker than the mud and hills of Montacute! You'll need to keep your own records of the two courses (if you are concerned that you don't want to lose your Montacute time as a PB, we will need lots of marshals and appreciate any offers of help!)

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Volunteering

We would be grateful for your assistance at Ninesprings in the same way as at Montacute – there will need to be 10 marshals along the course in addition to the usual Finish funnel / timekeeping / barcode scanning assistance.

Bookings now being taken for helping on New Year’s Day and for January / February – get your New Year’s Resolution in early and e-mail our Volunteer Co-ordinators on yeovilmontacutehelpers@parkrun.com

HeronWe had help from some of the locals this year! Parking There is a car park outside Goldenstones but on a Saturday morning as there are various Swim School sessions taking place at the same time as our events. We please ask that you not park in front of the Centre (there is a small parking area round the back) but would rather you park elsewhere (Goldenstones will be letting us use their facilities so we don’t want to upset them!). There are other Pay & Display car parks at Cooper’s Mill pub but also the large car park at Petter’s Way (by the Octagon theatre) BA20 1UN (for sat-nav purposes) – where there’s a public toilets and a nice 2 – 3 minute walk through the gardens down to Goldenstones ( I’m expecting lots of photos of you kissing the head statue - though there were none this year!) DSC_0055

Café & Facilities
Post-run coffee is available at the Ninesprings Café (there are a couple of public toilets here too)
For the children there is a cracking play area just down the path (you’ll run past it twice so if you are running with your children, there’s no way that you won’t be going there!)

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If you’ve never been round Yeovil Country Park itself, it’s lovely! The walk round the Springs is nice – if you’re lucky you might get to see one of the resident kingfishers zipping past!