It’s been quiet around here recently. If you follow my blog on Facebook, you’ll know that’s because I’ve had a fantastic short break in Guernsey with my friend Jo. We had a great few days eating fantastic food, walking, kayaking, exploring, and of course, parkrun.
If you’ve been following me, you’ll know that I was really looking forward to checking out Guernsey parkrun for some über parkrun tourism and also because it was going to be my milestone 50th parkrun.
Guernsey parkrun is held at Pembroke Bay, Vale, a 25 minute or so bus ride from St Peter’s Port. It’s the only parkrun on the island and is easily accessible by bus. We caught the bus at 8.05am and dubbed it “the parkrun bus” as everyone on it was dressed in running kit.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by this beautiful sight.
Could there be a more perfect backdrop for a 5k run?
We spent some time taking photos and chatting to the volunteer team who were friendly and helpful. We also chatted to some other tourists who’d come from Conwy, Worthing, Bognor Regis, Market Harborough and Andover parkruns. It’s not difficult to see why this is quickly turning into such a popular spot with parkrun tourists!
The course consists of two out and back laps and is described as being gently undulating. It’s run on a mixture of grass, gravel and sand paths and is very narrow at times. The path followed is also full of twists and turns, but has incredible views across the bay. Although the course is described as “gently undulating” I personally found it tough and had to have my wits about me looking out for rabbit holes and stones. However, the stunning scenery more than made up for it and it once again reinforced the point that I need to do more off-road running. The strong breeze on the outward legs also made for some tough running, but it was brilliant having it behind us on the last leg down to the finish.
Despite being tough, it’s definitely one of the most interesting routes I’ve run at parkrun. The course sends runners along the path towards a Martello Tower, on a gradual incline for just under a kilometre. The course then twists and follows a grassy loop, before rejoining the path to run back down to the start, where you turn around to begin the course again. I found myself stopping at times to let the faster runners get by, but after a 7 m/km to start with, I wasn’t going for a time, especially after all the activity the day before.
After I finished, we signed the visitors book and thanked the team. We also had a chat with our tourists who also agreed that the course was tough. I’m glad it wasn’t just me! A delicious coffee from The Beach Cafe later and it was time to leave.
Thank you Guernsey parkrun for such a lovely morning. It was a great place to celebrate my 50th parkrun and thank you for letting me write-up the run report!