Well after over two years away it’s great to be finally back parkrun touring again and today, I am at West Glebe Park, Corby, Northamptonshire.
West Glebe Park has a very interest past was originally a vast quarry mining for iron stone and had a blast furnace on site to process the iron ore until 1916, then when the quarry flooded the local children used to swim in, finally it was used as a landfill site, grassed over and left to become derelict! Link here
I love to hear though about once disused pieces of land can be resurrected for the benefit of its local community in the shape of a new park with West Glebe Park being a fine example of this kind of transformation!
One of my pleasures is always meeting new people and fellow avid parkrun tourists so today I met we met Alex Brown and as always, it’s great to run with my good buddy Martin Ball on my parkrun adventures 🙂
This multi-terrain course comprises of at the start one tarmac footpath smaller lap and then follows two larger laps of the park that includes running across grass playing fields, woodland and tarmac sections.
Finally you almost finish the course where you started from just outside of the pavillion!
Points to note
- The course is undulating in nature, but love the down run towards the finish, even though there is a very small incline at the end up to the finish line.
- Even though I have been told that this course is quick drying there are a couple of places that they say can be tricky to navigate after a lot of rain!
There is free parking at West Glebe park Sat Nav NN17 1SX this is slightly different postcode than the one stated their official parkrun course web page.
There are toilets available before the start at the pavilion and afterwards you can have a post run coffee from there as well 🙂
We asked one of the local patrons if there was a cafe nearby though where we could have a cooked breakfast and we were sent to the one called Boating Lake Cafe that was only half a mile away from the parkrun. A lovely breakfast and a very friendly service finished off a perfect tourist morning in Corby:)
I would like to thank run director Matt Robey and his team of hi vis hero’s for doing a great job and being very encouraging to us all on the course, top stuff!
So, if you are ever in area I can highly recommend this parkrun and its community to you all to visit, you have been told!
Best Mark aka Silent Runner
I would like to congratulate Kettering parkrun local neighbour of Corby on their 200th event run on Saturday and my good friend Vax Nix who has run every one of them, top stuff and happy anniversary!