So the Parkrun tourism thing continues with the 5th different parkrun, in as many weeks, attended today. This morning I decided to head a little further afield, I jumped in the car and drove 40 miles up the A3 to pay a visit to Cranleigh parkrun. The event takes place at Bruce McKenzie Memorial Field in Knowle Lane and is easy enough to get to. There’s a fair bit of free parking close by which makes a visit even easier.
I rocked up at about 8:30 whilst they were setting up and received a very warm welcome. It’s a small event so any newcomers are easily spotted and welcomed with open arms, I absolutely loved this aspect of it, friendliest welcome I’ve had so far at any event. It was really nice to have a chat with those involved whilst they were setting about getting the course ready as more people arrived.
It’s a low key affair which makes it more endearing in my opinion. If I lived closer I would be attending far more frequently. A quick search on the net shows there are a few local running clubs, so, from an outsiders perspective, I think it’s a great shame they’re not attending in greater numbers and supporting a fantastic local event.
This is a two lap anti-clockwise course starting next to the car park at the Bruce McKenzie Memorial Field and heads West before turning left and then left again to climb a short hill (with stunning views across the Surrey Hills) and pass behind Knowle Park Nursing Home. Running back down the other side of the hill, runners cross into the adjacent field before following the fence line and returning to the start of their second lap.
I’d done a bit of reading before deciding on this event so had heard about the ‘adjacent field’ being prone to being a bit muddy so I’d opted for my Speedcross over my Hoka’s, but I’d probably have been OK with the Hoka’s. If you were so inclined you could probably run the course in spikes as I don’t recall any tarmac or hard paths all the way round.
I will mention the hill briefly, it’s on the left in the picture above. It’s not a huge hill, but, being a larger runner, it certainly took the wind from my sails. My split times got slower each mile.
Cranleigh parkrun results for event #83. Your time was 00:25:05.
Congratulations on completing your 28th parkrun and your 1st at Cranleigh parkrun today. You finished in 12th place and were the 11th male out of a field of 39 parkrunners and you came 2nd in your age category VM40-44. Well done on your first run. We have set this as your PB.
As you can see I finished in 25:05 which netted me my highest finish position ever, which I’m very happy with. Faster runners than me could do very well on this course too, sub 23 could well see you in the top 5, if chasing high finish positions is your thing.
So in summary, Cranleigh parkrun is a lovely low key event that, in my opinion, deserves to be much busier. It’s the most welcoming parkrun I’ve visited so far!! It’s got a bit of a hill, can be muddy as all off road. There is very little pedestrian through traffic, so no need to worry about dodging anyone. You can run with a dog, so it’s canicross friendly. It’s pretty easy to get to, with free parking near by. What are you waiting for, go pay it a visit.
Edit: Got a mention in their race report