The Ups & Downs of parkrun

26. July 2017 outdoors, parkrun 0

Some people like hills, goats they are traversing steep glens and valleys, lolloping up inclines and down dales as if their name was Billy or Nanny. For me hills are those things that need to be done when they need to be done, I’m a fast twitch muscle fibre sort of person and you don’t need them running up mountains that’s what the slow twitch endowed part of the population do.

I’m always interested in what kind of a test a parkrun course will be, flat/hilly/trail/tarmac/sand/green/grey/trees or whatever. The other day I stumbled across this excellent resource from those good people at


As you can see from the link they make t-shorts and vests in a range of colourway’s that would have Joseph forego that coat of his, it’s too hot to run in anyway.

If you look further on their website you can find their stats HQ page

and in particular their analysis of UK parkrun elevation ranking from the flattest to the steepest and every ECG compromising or is that mimicking?, variant in between. I’ve taken the liberty of cutting and pasting this blurb from Jegmar for your information.

“UK parkrun Elevation Rankings version 2.0

Packed with data pulled from barometric altimeters, we have recalculated the total elevation gain for every parkrun event in the country. As a result, we are now able to provide a much more reliable and accurate resource for planning your next parkrun adventure.”

As you can see from the next statement they are a very open bunch and welcome suggestions, especially if you are in the market for some eye awakening kit.

“At Jegmar we are constantly striving for perfection and will never settle for something if it doesn’t meet our high standards. If you have any feedback or ideas for features that might enhance this list, please get in touch.”

Armed with that information I can now look forward to avoiding the hilliest and look out for the flattest courses on offer, I’m only kidding don’t be an old goat and think I’m serious.