A number of our runners made their way to Bedgebury Pinetum parkrun this morning along with many other regular runners from the Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun due to the fact that the Dunorlan Park event was cancelled this week. In fact of the 103 finishers at Bedgebury, there were at least 25 from Royal Tunbridge Wells.
The course, as with every Saturday parkrun event, was 5km in distance and the start, which has been nicknamed, “the hill of pain” went on for the first kilometre of the run. Although not a steep gradient, the ongoing incline certainly proved a challenge. The middle section of the run was much easier, with around 2.5km of either flat or gentle decline which gave a good opportunity to get your breath back and to build into a good rhythm. The final kilometre or so was certainly the most challenging with a few twists and turns as you made your way back up to the finishing stretch.
The start area:
A beautiful venue for a parkrun, Bedgebury Pinetum offers plenty of activities for a full day’s adventure, with Go Ape, walking, cycling and horse riding tracks throughout this 320 acre Pinetum.
Parking for the parkrun costs £3 and provides you with a maximum of 2 hours parking (8.30am – 10.30am) which is plenty to get you to the start, complete your run and then pick up some well-earned post-run fuel from the Café. Although the Café is rather pricey (£4.50 for beans on toast), they do offer a discount to parkrunners and the bacon baguette that I had was very tasty. I picked up the baguette and a cup of tea for £4.99 having used the parkrun discount.
The volunteer team setting up:
Results of our runners (and group leader) were as follows:
Kelvin Desmoyers-Davis – 19:52
Joseph Watts – 19:55
Nick Fitzgerald – 20:28
Richard Woodfield – 25:26 (pictured below)
Full results of the event can be found here.
The group of regular runners from the Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun pictured before and after the event: