A real joy of tourism is expecting the unexpected so today on 25th May 2018 was Wycombe Rye parkrun celebrating their 300th event with balloons, cake and lovely course to run, again I feel lucky and privileged on this Cowell club adventure!
The town of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire has a population 133,000 that some sources say name comes from the combination of river Wye and the old English term combe that means wooded valley, interesting stuff!
This parkrun is based at The Rye and Holywell Mead park covers 52 acres that makes the most of the available landscape with the promotion of both the River Wye and Dyke flanking either side of a vast open grassland, a stunning hillside treelined backdrop behind the Dyke with paths allowing locals to enjoy the tranquility this park has to offer, Wow!!!!!!
Was great to see a new record attendance of 552 runners at Wycombe for their 300th event landmark with the event started off by the right honourable Tony Green, current Chairman of the High Wycombe Town Committee. Sorry hope you did not mind we had to have cheeky group shot with you sir 🙂
Also amougst the celebrations was a number of 50th parkrun milestones including this lovely lady Mandy Watts, hope you enjoyed your run!
Last but definitely not least meeting new and old friends, First up is Heidi Yorke and family who’s brother Scott Clarke is a good parkrun friend of mine! Good luck on your 20th different parkrun event Heidi at Bushy park, London the only location everyone should run at least once and it was all my pleasure to meet you at Wycombe!!!
Secondly its always good fun when Kevin Brown (black bandana) & Terry Garner (picture above with councillor) are around guys, cannot wait to meet up with you again on our parkrun adventures guys 🙂
One top partnership at parkrun is when local running clubs use parkrun to inspire runners on their beginners course! So at Wycombe it was great to see the new intake of Handy Cross Runners enjoying parkrun celebrations picture left and picture right is our beginners at Stopsley Striders who’s graduation parkrun is on 14th July at Luton, Wardown parkrun and I cannot wait!!!!
This is a traditional out and back style course that starts almost in the middle of the playing field, then just after Wycombe Rye Lido turn right onto the footpath to run the parameter of Rye and Holywell Mead park!
Towards the end of the outbound section you run a loop of the top playing field before you tackle the famous Rye steps, you then run back the way you come with the finish funnel next to the Lido!
The course surface is mainly run on well maintained footpaths but there are two grass sections at the start/finish and the top field loop. No real elevation on the course except for the steps that is relatively short in distance!
Points to note
- Wide start line on the grass at the beginning
- The steps are challenging to run up at pace as they are quite deep, so be careful if trying to run them!
- Keep left on the Dyke section as runners will be passing each other in both directions!
- As with all grass parts of a course could be tricky to run in very wet muddy conditions!
My time was 36:01 and am happy with that in hot humid conditions!
The closest and cheapest parking is at Holywell Mead Car park, Sat Nav HP11 1QX the tariff is 50p for two hours with a max stay of 4 hours, also toilets near the start are available before the start of the event!
For the post run coffee we retired the Wycombe Lido cafe for a well deserved drink and polish off all the leftover celebration cakes!
Other facilities include
- Wycombe Lido
- Fishing and boating available on the Dyke
- Football pitches
- Two children’s playgrounds
- Pann Mill
I would like to thank very much dual run directors sisters Beth & Rebekah France and all the volunteers at Wycombe Rye for making as all feel extremely welcome! For the record you both done a stand out professional job on the busiest of celebration events in a very friendly manner with your dad and fellow RD Alistair should be rightly proud of you both!!!!
So if you want to run a beautiful out and back course with the added challenge of the famous steps to negotiate, then I give you Wycombe Rye as a must visit parkrun destination!
Mark aka Silent Runner
Next week 02 -06-2018 – My 100th parkrun milestone celebration back home at Luton, Wardown where else would I run it !!!!!!