I’m back from an awesome couple of days in Jersey with Jo. We had lots of fun doing plenty of walking, kayaking and of course, parkrun. The inaugural Jersey parkrun was held while we were there, so in the interests of tourism, we went along to check it out.
Jersey parkrun is held at Les Quennevais sports centre. An incredible 145 people turned up for the first event, including some other tourists from the UK. There was an incredible atmosphere and general buzz of excitement as the Run Director gave his first ever briefing.
The route was interesting, starting out with a lap around the park. This is all on tarmac, with a short, sudden, sharp hill. Following this first lap, runners are sent round a second time for a second go at the hill. Instead of then turning around back to the start, runners are then directed off the tarmac path and into the woods on a softer surface, for a straight, flat run on the railway walk. At about the 2 mile mark, runners are turned around to double back and follow the straight path, past the finish. The path then slightly descends and finally, runners are turned around for the slight uphill drag back to the finish, where a final sharp turn is made into the finish funnel. The mixed terrain really helps to keep it interesting,
Jo and I had been really active in Jersey, doing plenty of walking and a kayaking tour one morning. I also had done the immensely tough Truro Half Marathon the weekend before, so my legs were tired, especially my calves which were trashed. However, I decided to try to go sub 30 anyway, thinking it a good challenge for my tired legs!
The parkrun started really promptly and I soon settled into a comfortable rhythm. The first 3km flew by and I felt great, By 4km however, I was tired and I really struggled in that final km, especially with the long drag up to the finish – very mean! However, a final push to the funnel and I was pleased to scrape in under 30 minutes with 29:58. Not bad at all with tired legs and on a slightly more challenging route than I’m used to. Jo also ran well on tired legs – a good morning’s work.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t stick around to mingle after as we had to get back to our hotel to check out, but we really enjoyed the atmosphere and how friendly it was. Jersey parkrun is going to be awesome – hopefully I will get to go back sometime.
Thanks Jersey parkrun for a brilliantly organised inaugural run – results were also out by lunchtime. Sterling effort.
34 parkruns and 12 venues. Woohoo!