I was blessed today in running one the most loveliest National Trust parks in London namely Osterley park I have set my eyes upon, let alone run on!
The sheer beauty of an autumn morning with the sun catching the bronze leaves on the trees was enough to take your breath away and make you feel lucky to be alive!
Today I wore with pride my Cow Cowl signifying that I am a parkrun tourist and on the most events board that now stands at 22 for me with parkrun UK. Meeting so many wonderful people and places I will defiantly be a tourist still after my challenge 🙂
The start is on the main access road just before the house, then you run 3 anticlockwise laps that surface quickly turns to a mixture of compacted earth & gravel.
Once you reach the far end of the course you go through the fishermans gate that is marshalled then run through a short wooded earth track section by the lake.
The final part is entirely run on grass back to the front of the main estate house and on the 3 lap you run through the finishing tunnel!
Points to raise in wet condition especially after a long period of rain this course could get very muddy particularly as the locals say at the back-end of the course, so trail shoes may be advisable!
I would like to mention what a top job the ground staff have done in spraying the exposed tree roots in the wooded section white so making this hazard clearly visible to as all running this event!
Very happy with my parkrun time today that was 29:54 great to be under 30 mins again and I will try to maintain this for the rest of my challenge!
There is free parking at the estate for park runners attending the event on production of your barcode!
There is a beautiful location to have your post run coffee in their Stables Cafe building next to the main house, also with toilet facilities available before the start of the race!
The estate also has a lot of things to offer on your visit including tours of the late 18th century house designed and built by Robert Adams, for more details check their website!
Wow I feel one very privileged parkrun tourist running in such beautiful National Trust estates park, every parkrunner should visit here at least once!
I would like to thank very much Tim and his team of parkrun volunteers for making us all feel at home and running a smooth organised event, top work guys!
Final word: A reel gem of a parkrun event location!
Mark aka Silent Runner
Run on 22-10-2016
I would like to say well done to of my Stopsley Striders friends today,
Maria Petts you will make a great addition to our coaching staff after completing the course yesterday!
Philip Davis very well done in completing your 50th parkrun at Wardown Luton yesterday, I have complete faith that not to long in the future you will break that 20 minute barrier mate!