Away Day Parkrun

With Boro on the road at Coventry today we opted to combine the two with pre-match tourism at Brierley Forest. We travelled down on the Friday evening and stayed over in the Boundary Inn, a slightly random but nice enough pub / hotel just off the opposite side of the M1. We enjoyed a meal in the pub and then retired to the room to watch Gogglebox!

An early start saw us drive across to the park and get ready to don our fancy dress outfits….yes fancy dress, today was the birthday of the parkrun so they had asked people to come in fancy dress beginning with P. After much debate and discussion we were pumpkins!

We, a little self consciously, went to explore the site and find the start point. The park is located on former farmland and the site of the Sutton or New Skegby Colliery. The first pit shafts were sunk in 1873 and remained open to 1989. Redevelopment of the area into the park we see today began in 1992 but there remain a few reminders of the past in the sculptures and pit wheels around the park and a memorial to the 5 men who died in an explosion in 1957.

After a short walk around we headed to the start for the briefing, and what a briefing! The entire briefing was sung to us by a lady dressed as Cheryl Cole in the style of Fight for this Love….

And then we were off.

The course was a two loop course heading out in a NE direction passing around a small fishing lake before continuing on. At the perimeter we turned to the left for a short distance on a main track before heading into the trees. With the visitors centre in sight we headed left on the first lap and then to the right on the second lap.

It was certainly warm running as a pumpkin! The link to my run, 46th different and 216th parkrun, is here.

We headed back to the car and hotel to shower before heading south towards Coventry with a stop off in Draycott with its Tree of Hope to enjoy a bacon and brie panini for breakfast! We arrived in Coventry with plenty of time to spare, enough time for a pint in the Gaelic Football Bar we’d parked next to, before heading to the stadium to see Duzza and unfortunately see the Boro get beat.

Parkrun stats – 

Cowell Club Challenge progress (over 100 different park runs)

  1. Fell Foot Windermere
  2. Dalby Forest 
  3. Flatts Lane 
  4. Fountains Abbey
  5. Cotsford Fields
  6. Herrington
  7. Stewart Park (home)
  8. Sedgefield
  9. Windy Nook
  10. Conyngham Hall
  11. Castle Howard
  12. Maxima
  13. Bushy Park
  14. Whinlatter Forest
  15. Temple Newsham, Leeds
  16. Druridge Bay
  17. Riverside
  18. Brierley Forest
  19. Prudhoe Riverside
  20. Stretford
  21. York
  22. Marshall Drive 
  23. Penrith
  24. Sale Water Park 
  25. Eden Project
  26. Durham 
  27. Upton Court
  28. Harrogate
  29. Hartlepool
  30. Catterick
  31. Portobello Edinburgh
  32. Jubilee
  33. Keswick
  34. Northallerton
  35. Millfield
  36. Hackworth Park
  37. Gunnersbury Park
  38. Tees Barrage
  39. Albert Park, Middlesbrough
  40. South Park, Darlington
  41. Ford Park
  42. Redcar
  43. Heslington, York 
  44. Barrow
  45. Silksworth
  46. Newcastle

Alphabeteers Challenge 

  • A Albert
  • B Barrow / Bushy / Brierley Forest
  • C Catterick / Cotsford Fields / Castle Howard / Conyngham Hall
  • D Durham / Druridge Bay / Dalby
  • E Eden Project
  • F Fell Foot / Flatts Lane / Fountains Abbey / Ford Park s
  • G Gunnersbury
  • H Heslington s / Hackworth / Hartlepool / Harrogate s / Herrington
  • I
  • J Jubilee
  • K Keswick s
  • L
  • M Marshall Drive / Millfield / Maxima
  • N Newcastle s / Northallerton 
  • O
  • P Penrith / Prudhoe / Portebello s
  • Q
  • R Redcar / Riverside
  • S Stewart / South Park / Sale s / Sedgefield / Stretford / Silksworth
  • T Tees Barrage / Temple Newsham s
  • U Upton Court 
  • V
  • W Whinlatter / Windy Nook
  • X
  • Y York
  • Z

Parkrun challenges completed

  • Tourist – Run at 20+ different parkrun locations anywhere in the world
  • Single-Ton – Run 100+ parkruns at the same location (Stewart Park)
  • Christmas Day – Run a parkrun on the 25th of December (completed 2018)
  • NYD Double – Run two parkruns on one New Year’s Day (completed 2018)
  • All Weather Runner / Monthly – Run in each month of the year (completed 12/12/2015)
  • Bronze Level Obsessive – Run 30+ parkruns in one calendar year (2016 (38) / 2018 (39))
  • Silver Level Obsessive – Run 40+ park runs in one calendar year (2017 (40) / 2019 (40))
  • Bushy Pilgrimage – Run at Bushy parkrun, where it all began.

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