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04/09/2013 at 06:56

Just because I'm curious, what’s the elevation gain of your local parkrun?

My local is Sheringham, Norfolk with an elevation gain of 105 metres, what and where is yours?

04/09/2013 at 07:05

The elevation gain is zero, it's flat as a pancake. You'll still not be running a pb, running through flood plane is not easy. Lets call it multi terrain.

 

04/09/2013 at 07:09
widow hog-mouse wrote (see)

The elevation gain is zero, it's flat as a pancake. You'll still not be running a pb, running through flood plane is not easy. Lets call it multi terrain.

 

Sounds more like a swim than a run 

04/09/2013 at 07:29

Black Park park run 52ft elevation gain although it always seems more , Great location as it is run through beautiful  pine forest.

One point of intrest or draw back is that you often find yourself running past film sets being built in the park, as it is next to Pinewood studios. The draw back is the film workers are an ignorant bunch and tend to ignore the rules and often drive their cars on the course or leave lorries parked on the run route. 

Thankfully that doesn't happen too often and the good course and great sceanery make it  the best Park run I have done and attend regularly. 

Well run by all the Organisers and volunteers.

Edited: 04/09/2013 at 07:30
04/09/2013 at 14:18

There are an increasing number of well run Parkruns in Sheffield and the elevantion gain ranges based on my Garmin from:

Sheffield Castle - 70m

Graves  - 46m

Rother Valley - 5m

Twisted Sole - did you mean 105 feet or meteres?  Seems a bit hard to believe a Norflok Parkrun would be that steep.

Edited: 04/09/2013 at 14:20
04/09/2013 at 15:50

PJAZ - North Norfolk is pretty hilly...I can believe it could be 105 metres.

Twisted Sole - if you want flat, get down to the Norwich one. Pretty much dead flat. I don't think it's the quickest course though, as there are several 90 degree turns and they are hard to take at speed, particularly in the winter when it's a bit slippy.  Or towards the start when it is quite congested.  But at least it's flat!

Cheerful Dave    pirate
04/09/2013 at 16:05

Ashton Court has an elevation gain of 100m or so, all of it in the first half as it's out and back, straight up a hill.  Guaranteed negative split.

04/09/2013 at 17:15

I've done quite a few different parkruns as there's loads of them in Hampshire now.

The hardest I've done is probably Queen Elizabeth, although Ashton Court would be a close second.

The parkrun I usually do is Havant, which is undulating enough to be interesting without being insanely tough.

04/09/2013 at 18:25

I've done Alice Holt which has some playful hills - I'm not sure how it compares with QE Park, but suspect it's a little easier.  The easiest one I've done is Newport, though I did a variation on the Reading one on the Longest Day parkrun and that looked pretty flat.  The most difficult one was the temporary Killerton course - 3 laps downhill and then all the way up again and you couldn't capitalise on the downhill as it was too slippery.  Really hard - the usual Killerton route is a lot more humane.

04/09/2013 at 18:31

Ran Black Park on the old course when only around 140 runners turned up (400 plus now). 

The start then was flat to downhill for the 1st km, which was great to get up to speed.

The new start is further down the hill which involves a 600m gradual climb to start with, which is total crap. I hate it.

04/09/2013 at 20:26

RicF having  done Black park from race 8 and living next to I know the old start wasn't flat, not such a long climb admittedly  but not flat . Due to the increase in numbers though they had to change the course start I actually like it as it makes it a bit more of a challenge and any PBS a bit sweeter.

04/09/2013 at 20:57

Black Park is the only one I've done so that's good news for me to hear that it's got a 52 ft elevation gain as I might be able to get a PB if I try another course! Lovely scenic route though and nice and cool with all the trees.

04/09/2013 at 21:00

PJAZ, as Freemers points out, North Norfolk does have its share of hills. 

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/337597034

Freemers, I've yet to try Norwich as its much further from home than Sheringham, however one day I'll make the effort.

Cheerful Dave, that seems a bit harsh. Obviously the run directors were feeling particularly cruel when staging that event.

Edited: 04/09/2013 at 21:04
04/09/2013 at 21:17
PJAZ wrote (see)

There are an increasing number of well run Parkruns in Sheffield and the elevantion gain ranges based on my Garmin from:

Sheffield Castle - 70m

Graves  - 46m

Rother Valley - 5m

Twisted Sole - did you mean 105 feet or meteres?  Seems a bit hard to believe a Norflok Parkrun would be that steep.

Didds rother valley is in Rotherham.  

But of the others in Sheffield

Endcliffe - 28m

Concord - 36m

And us at hillsborough - 32m

 

Millhouses will be -2m

Longley park - 53m

04/09/2013 at 21:27

My home run is Richmond parkrun - a beautiful place and one of my favourite areas to run. No idea of the elevation but it has a long steady down hill followed by plenty of undulations and a tiring uphill not far off the finish. Still have my 5k PB on this course. My local one is Bedfont Lakes, a couple of bumps but otherwise flat. Not as nice a location as RP but pretty good.

04/09/2013 at 22:46

mine is Tollcross, in Glasgow, with 10 short sharp hills. 79m climb in total.

there isn't any flat. its up or doon

04/09/2013 at 23:29

Grovelands 40m gain on an undulating course with 1 small hill but 2+3/4 laps. Its a nice run now that it is being run properly.

Oak Hill. 24m gain feels very flat, one small hill but 2+3/4 laps. A fantastic Parkrun and is run like clockwork, with a smile. 

I volunteer and run at both as they are near me in the North London suburbs.

it'd be good to get a full list of the elevations because not all 5ks are equal, nor are the PBs won on them!

105m seems like a ridiculously hilly parkrun to me- are you sure it is not a fellrun ??!?

Edited: 04/09/2013 at 23:41
04/09/2013 at 23:45
Slowkoala wrote (see)

Black Park is the only one I've done so that's good news for me to hear that it's got a 52 ft elevation gain as I might be able to get a PB if I try another course! Lovely scenic route though and nice and cool with all the trees.

Lol that's only 16m of gain- you'd need to run a track to get flatter than that

04/09/2013 at 23:58

 

 

My local is Pontefract, once round the Racecourse, plus 2 laps of the boating/fishing lake

 

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/pontefract/course/

05/09/2013 at 02:46
Flob wrote (see)

"105m seems like a ridiculously hilly parkrun to me- are you sure it is not a fellrun ??!?"

The course is pretty much 'W' in profile, descending for the first mile before climbing over the mid section, ending with a progressive gain to the finish line. The good news is that the coffee shop is just around the corner!

Flob, haven't tried fell running, so join us at some stage, and let me know!

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