parkrun #43: Clumber park

I spent the week on a National Trust working holiday, chopped down silver birch trees in the name of conservation, and learnt a lot about mushrooms. Then, to top it off, went along to the Clumber Park parkrun on Saturday.

Emma and Nick, who live nearby, joined me for the run. We decided to take Tod the dog with us as we wanted an excuse for running a bit slower he wanted a run-around. Nick went off fast on his own, leaving me, Emma and Tod at a steadier pace behind. Which prompted a bit of an argument. What should you do at parkrun? Run as quickly as possible, or amble around taking in the scenery, looking out for mushrooms etc.


The course is two laps, mainly through woodland, and on a mix of tarmac, gravel and dirt tracks. It’s relatively flat, with a short little climb towards the end of each lap.

Tod had a very successful run. It was his favourite parkrun so far, and he finished with a PB of 30.54. Nick ran quick too, finishing exactly 10 minutes ahead (see results).

We were rewarded with some tasty ‘10’ cakes at the end (which Nick was too puffed out to partake in, but Emma and I enjoyed immensely). Then off to the café for breakfast.

The parkrun only takes in a relatively small part of the park, and I’d recommend exploring a bit further afterwards. It’s well worth a trip down to the lake, near the Chapel and the main visitor centre. And maybe a trip to the Thoresby border, where you can see my handy-work on the silver birches.

Many thanks to the volunteers this week. We really enjoyed the run 🙂

I’m doing a different parkrun each week of the year to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Please head over to my JustGiving page if you’re able to help out.


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