ParkRunning – Birkenhead ParkRun

Apparently I last ran at a ParkRun in 2012. Also I’ve also apparently only run twice at ParkRun. I knew it had been a while but I could have been sure I’d done more than that…

Today I decided to run at Birkenhead ParkRun whilst back home with my family for the weekend. My Dad came to run and my Mum provided a useful water station part way round.  I had forgotten how awesome ParkRun is!

Today I pushed myself and managed a time of 00:26:47 which I was pleased with given the hot weather. Plus I was out for drinks and dinner last night so I lined up tired and dehydrated. I came 4th in my age category which sounds great although there were only 6 of us.

Birkenhead was lovely. I usually hate any looped courses but 3 x 1 mile loops of the park was quite pleasant and I found it quite useful for pacing myself. Birkenhead Park is a very picturesque park, although the ParkRun route only covers a small section of it.  Birkenhead Park, which is a Grade I listed park, is acknowledged as the first public park in Britain and was crucial in the Victorian parks movement. It is also said to have inspired the design of Central Park in New York.  Still Birkenhead provides a nice flat run on good paths with no muddy sections or running on grass required.

I used to run at the Woodhouse Moor event in Leeds back when I was living in the city.  It was quite a trek from my house to the park so maybe that is why I only went twice. I then moved to London and again didn’t live near any ParkRun events.  I still don’t live particularly near a ParkRun and would need to get a bus or train as I can’t drive. But I enjoyed today’s run a lot so next Saturday I make try to figure out the logistics of getting to my local event.

Image credit: By Eric The Fish (originally posted to Flickr as Birkenhead Park 09) [CC BY 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons