Saturday: Park Run

Where: Basingstoke War Memorial Park (and others – see below!)

When: Saturday morning 9am


Park Run has become a phenomenon with over 100 runners gathering every week for a 5km timed run.  Always excellently organised with your times and pb recorded on-line.

A review of some brick sessions that could be done at local parkruns.

Below is my review of the local parkruns from the runs that I have done there and other brick sessions that can be done. Other parkruns are being added throughout the country and worldwide, so check their listing if elsewhere on a Saturday morning. For the latest information about news, course changes or cancellations check that events web site.


This is most members local parkrun and is a 2 ½ lap course (unless on the alternative route). This has a mixture of tarmac pathways, gravel pathways and grass. With 3 inclines per lap, the first is a slight incline on gravel pathway, the next is a slightly longer incline on grass and the third incline is a longer a steeper incline on tarmac pathway behind the tennis courts about 3/4 round the lap. The finish line is about 50m after leaving the wooded area.

Car parking is limited and is getting very busy. There are toilets that are available to 100m from the finish area. There is NO cafe at the park.

There is fences to lock bicycles, to do a short fast cycle/run brick session or a long run with a fast section. Or you could do a pool swim before going to the parkrun.


This parkrun course is just over 2 laps on mostly on grass but with some on footpaths. There are only two very short inclines per lap, the first is up a grass embankment which can be slippery, the other is another short incline up a grassy slope at the far end of the course but is generally a flat course. The finish is about 200m (around a football pitch) after going past the start position for the second time.

There is some car parking available nearby at the athletics track and toilets there which are sometimes open to parkrunners. There is a cafe at the park which is half way round the lap.

There are places to lock bicycles near the athletics track. This is about 25 miles away on an undulating route using the main roads which makes the run section harder.


This parkrun course is a single lap in a q shape which is mostly on gravel pathways with a short amount across a disused runway twice. This is only one slight incline which is about 1 mile from the end along the long finishing straight.

There is two car parks which did full up quickly, the additional car park is 1km from the start but is opposite the cafe. There are toilets available for parkrunners which is in a different building near the entrance to the business estate, which is about 1 mile from the start.

This would be about 15-20 miles depending on route (not cycled it yet), bicycles could be locked on a fence to the park or left next to the finish area.


This parkrun is two laps which is mostly on gravel pathways and grass with some bits over a miniature train track. This route you have to watch out for hazards such as fishing polls (a lake is fishing lake) and miniature trains. There is only three inclines on the lap, the first is a short steep incline after the fishing lakes, the next is a slightly longer incline up to a top of grass punchbowl, the last incline is after the miniature train station on gravel.

The winter route is multiple laps on grass around some football pitches next to the normal venue. I have not run this route.

There is parking at the country park, with some toilets on site and a cafe.

This would be about a 35 mile cycle on a hilly route which would require leaving about 6:30am to cycle there, I have not done this. There is also a lake (400m loop) which they should be allowing lake swims their this year. This is next to the start/finish for the parkrun.


This course is two laps of a P shape course where the loop is ran twice before handing back along the straight. The course is a mixture of grass and gravel and tarmac paths. Most of this route is a river bank and therefore can get wet and muddy if there has been a lot rain. There is only one incline on the course which is at the far end of the course which a short incline in the woodland section.

Parking is limited and fills up fast along the road in the business park, there is some toilets available the venue. There is no cafe.

This would be about 20 mile cycle ride depending on route around Reading, I have not tried this yet. Depending on timing and length of swim, there is also an option of doing a lake swim on the way to the parkrun.

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