Rothay Parkrun

Ambleside finally has a parkrun!

The runs started just 6 weeks before the first Covid lockdown and cancellation of all UK park runs in 2020 so we had to wait a little to try it out joining today for the 20th run. We were in Lindal for the weekend so had a plan to run, breakfast somewhere and then AW Outlying Fell bag. We arrived in loads of time and parked up in the Miller Bridge carpark and debated what to wear – it was wet and cold! We opted for jackets and then left in the collective box at the start.

We walked across past the rugby pitch to the start point in Rothay Park and as we were still early had a wander about. As the crowds started to form we headed across to the start ready for the briefing and lined up across the field for the start.

It is just about a three lap course which starts on the field and heads out towards the River Rothay. On reaching the river we turned left past the finish line, followed the river for a section and then turned inland towards the kids play ground. At the end of the path we turned right / almost back on ourselves heading towards and then along the edge of the rugby field and onto Millers Field. This was a motorhome site in the past but I believe now only used for private events associated with the rugby club – not sure how people would feel about a couple of hundred people running around their vans three times on a Saturday morning!

We completed a lap of the field before heading back to the park to follow the perimeter in an anti clockwise direction along Stock Ghyll. The park area itself was just marshland until 1890 when the land owner, Colonel Rhodes, channelled the beck into its current walled course and then donated part of the drained area to the community. We followed the walled section to where it joins the Rothay River and takes us to the finish line – repeated three times.

The marshals were super friendly and supportive and liked my new shorts! A very enjoyable run with great views of the fells in all directions.

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. Millom
  19. Brierley Forest
  20. Prudhoe Riverside
  21. Stretford
  22. York
  23. Marshall Drive 
  24. Penrith
  25. Sale Water Park 
  26. Eden Project
  27. Durham 
  28. Upton Court
  29. Harrogate
  30. Hartlepool
  31. Catterick
  32. Portobello Edinburgh
  33. Jubilee
  34. Rothay Park
  35. Keswick
  36. Northallerton
  37. Millfield
  38. Hackworth Park
  39. Gunnersbury Park
  40. Tees Barrage
  41. Albert Park, Middlesbrough
  42. South Park, Darlington
  43. Ford Park
  44. Redcar
  45. New Earswick
  46. Heslington, York 
  47. Barrow
  48. Silksworth
  49. 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 / Millom
  • N Newcastle s / Northallerton / New Earswick
  • O
  • P Penrith / Prudhoe / Portebello s
  • Q
  • R Redcar / Riverside / Rothay
  • 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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