parkrun #45: Newport

Lovely Sexy Dashing Dave* and I spent the weekend away in Cardiff, and headed over to Newport parkrun on Saturday.

The parkrun is at Tredegar House, which is a National Trust property on the Cardiff side of Newport. It starts from Tredegar House itself, heads down along an avenue of trees, loops round the perimeter of the park for two laps and then returns through the avenue.

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It’s relatively flat, and run on a mixture of different surfaces. There are around 500 people each week, but the course is wide enough to take it, and I didn’t feel held up at any point.

I chit-chatted my way round the first lap, and sped up in the second, finishing in 25.38. Dave forgot his barcode, but promises he dashed round in about 23 minutes. (See results)

Dave said it was his favourite parkrun so far. And I’ve got to agree that it had everything going for it. Great location, fast course, and very friendly. I was particularly impressed with the beginners meeting point, where you can join in a beginner running programme, with a coached jog/walk round the course. They also offer free training sessions in the week.

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Thanks very much to the volunteers this week. We really enjoyed the course and the feel of the event. (I’m hoping it will help me persuade Dave to come along to a few more parkruns!)

I’m running 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 🙂

*Name corrected in response to complaints on previous blogs.

 

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