The parkrun Castle Demense is in Macroom about 10 miles West of Cork (Ireland).
This gave me 15 minutes to get to the venue if the bus was on schedule,as parkruns in Ireland start at 9.30am.
Luckily it is easy to find a castle entrance in a small town.
They had the use of the sports hall for leaving barcodes and a change of clothes as was just a few degrees above freezing, plus they had tea and biscuits already setup 🙂
The other parkrunners, volunteers and event director were friendly it felt a nice community parkrun.
The 100 parkrun kit was a good ice breaker, as I was the first 100 club member at this venue. I even got a mention before the start of the parkrun, which meant I could not take it easy.
The course was a lap around the GAA (Gaelic football) pitch which even the locals were saying it was cold. You then headed out of the pitch gates on to pathway to the start/finish line.
The route then went down a hill before starting a 2 lap section.
This next section was along a footpath.
You had to make sure you did not hit the wall 🙂
Then there was a sharp turn on to a hill before and out and back section past a golf course.
You ran than ran back to the footpath and started the 2nd lap which when completed you headed back along the to the finish.
However there was a nice steep hill at the finish which you ran down at about 0.5km. You just got to the top of the hill just about running before turning right and a few steps crossed the finish line.
I completed the parkrun in 22:35 which was a good time for me on a testing course on a cold morning.
I then headed back along the route as a cool down and supporting the other runners, while also taking some photos.
The barcode scanning was in the sports hall which was a bit warmer then a nice cup of tea and biscuits, I think I even saw somebody eat some of the fruit!!
After heading out of the castle gates I found another local cake shop as I was up early this was lunchtime 🙂
Along with being one of the friendliest parkruns it has the best entrance to a parkrun being through a castle gate!!!
I think I will be back again when next in the area.