Penrose parkrun

29 08 2016

In August, I usually miss a couple of parkruns when we head off to Cornwall on holiday. Travelling down to St. Ives on Saturday doesn’t help but with few parkruns in Cornwall, I just accept, reluctantly, to have a parkrun holiday.

This year, instead of driving down, we decided to save a bit of money on car hire by getting the overnight Megabus from London to Penzance. I travelled down Thursday night. As well as getting to Cornwall for a tenner, it meant I could get to Penrose parkrun on Saturday. Euphoria! It all seemed straight forward until the public transport options from Carbis Bay to Helston meant I’d have to leave about 6am just to cover a 9 mile distance using a combination of running, bus and train. Fortunately, the friends we were staying with offered me a lift if coffee could be guaranteed. A fair offer I thought!

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Sleeping swans at Helston

We arrived at Helston and first saw a lake with cafe attached. Excellent. I jumped out and did a warm up lap past some sleeping swans and then crossed the road to the car park near the start of the run. Penrose parkrun has been temporarily re-routed until Easter 2017 to allow the National Trust car park at Penrose Hill to be enlarged so I was half expected a less interesting route. Far from it. The run is reasonably flat from start to finish and it takes you out through some lovely woodland, alongside The Loe – the largest freshwater lake in Cornwall – and up to Penrose House. You then retrace your steps back to the start.

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Hands up if you’re a tourist!   (Photo: Penrose parkrun on Facebook)

A special mention to the volunteers who coped brilliantly with the numbers swelled by holiday makers – myself included. We were all made to feel very welcome so thanks to everyone who helped on the day, including a group from Nottingham!

Penrose parkrun

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