Newcastle parkrun 1/12/12
20:32 Jeremy Smith
22:38 Alasdair Wilson Craw
24:24 Chris Hogarth
24:54 Kenny McCormick
25:27 Dave Kear
Princes parkrun (Liverpool): Sumanth Nayak 20:08, Tom Tinsley 20:26
Tom and I stayed in St. Helens overnight and had to decide between doing Princes parkrun in Liverpool or Pennington Flash in Leigh. PF looked like the more scenic option but at 8am, we were notified that their event was cancelled due to sheets of ice on the course. Princes parkrun was still going ahead so we headed over there with enough time to meet the race organisers and have a short warm-up jog. With near freezing temperatures around most of the country, and many events having to be cancelled, it seems we picked the perfect parkrun because it was a mild 6 degrees with sunny skies in Liverpool.
The course consists of a short stretch from the centre of the park, followed by three laps of the perimeter with the finish back in the centre. I wouldn’t say it’s hilly but the perimeter path is quite undulating and the strong wind on the day made it hard work. The park itself is quite small and not very exciting. Tom and I both agreed that the run should have been held in nearby Sefton park which is massive but apparently they didn’t get permission for it.
Runners go for breakfast at a cafe that’s a couple of miles away on the bank of the Mersey River in Otterspool Park. We had a chat with the race director and a few runners over a fantastic Full English while soaking up the sunshine.