Sheffield Castle parkrun, Saturday, March 7, 2015

Mike Elliott

Whilst in the wilds of Sheffield last Saturday morning at 0800 what does one do but get ready for parkrun. Woke up the woman in sat nav who located the Castle parkrun starting at York House on City Road sat the top of a hill in the east of the town.

Welcomed by Diane and her crew in clear, cool and breezy conditions. Not a large number turned up as compared with Durham. 32 to follow all tarmac paths along the perimeter of this crater, left turn down a little slope then right up a little slope then weeee down into the bottom the park over the discreet bridge and onwards and upwards. Why discreet? Do not know. Could be a Yorkshire thing, memo ask Paul.

The cauldron of the park is of grass land with very few trees to act as a wind break. then a long drrrragggggg up hill to complete the first of 3 laps. The long drag is not as bad as it sounds due to it levelling out about half way up for 30 yards with Manor Field allotments on the right. Crunching the numbers 1st home was Robert Foster (25-29) unattached in 18.27, running at 69.92 %, 12 seconds outside his pb. I finished 23rd checking in with 29.50 @ 57.82% also first in my age group. It was easier than the original Gibside route.

Unfortunately I could not stop for cake and coffee at York House, as I had a meeting at 10.30. Back to the hotel showered, changed and a 3mile trip to town with 10 minutes to spare. How about that for a running schedule?

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