Hilly Fields is the wrong name for this park. It should really be called Hill Field, as there’s only one hill, in one field.
The parkrun course makes the most of the hill though. You go up and down it twice on each lap, 6 times in total. The good news is that there are some really good views across London, and you can gawp around looking out for Crystal Palace and Canary Wharf. (Or if you’re me, wonder how many other parkruns you can see.) The bad news is that it’s quite a challenging course.
I met up with my colleague Will and his partner Tina at the start. We somehow found ourselves in pole position at the ‘go’, which was a surprise to me (I thought we’d be running in the opposite direction) but exactly as Will intended. Will sprinted off into the distance, while Tina and I took a more leisurely jog and chat approach. Which, somewhat distressingly, led to us being lapped by Will later on in the course.
Best bits: great views out across London, delicious Portuguese custard tarts in the café afterwards
Thanks Will and Tina for joining me on the run, and thanks also to the volunteers 🙂
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.