8 parkruns in Gloucestershire to complete

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or you’ve made running your New Year’s resolution, SoGlos have rounded up six of parkrun’s weekly 5k events across Gloucestershire.

Runners of all ages and abilities are invited to race against the clock and set new personal bests with the support and encouragement of fellow runners across the county, in parkrun’s free weekly 5k events.

Taking place at various locations across Gloucestershire including Pittville Park in Cheltenham; Kingsway Sports Pavilion in Gloucester; Caldicot; Lydney in the Forest of Dean; and Tewkesbury, SoGlos has rounded up six unmissable parkruns to take on this year.

1. Parkrun at Pittville Park in Cheltenham

Whether you’re walking, jogging, running, or cheering on a friend, grab your gear and head to Pittville Park for a free, fun, weekly 5k. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and grass in the gorgeous surrounds of Cheltenham’s largest ornamental park.

What’s more, every week the group offers runners the opportunity to grab a post parkrun coffee in the Leisure Centre café.

2. Parkrun at Kingsway Sports Pavilion in Gloucester

At 9am every Saturday, no matter your pace, join other Gloucestershire participants at Kingsway Sports Pavilion in Gloucester to run 5k on a mixture of tarmac, gravel and grass.

Post-run each week, the group provides the chance to chat to like-minded folk over a cup of tea or coffee and become a part of the local running community. Plus, volunteers often bring along homemade cakes for participants to enjoy.

3. Parkrun at Forest Leisure Centre in Newent

Organised by local volunteers, runners and walkers can breathe in the fresh Gloucestershire air and take part in Newent’s 5k parkrun. The course takes place on a mixture of gravel, trail paths and grass – with some sections having the potential to get muddy if it’s been raining!

After completing the week’s event – and aiming for a new personal best – sit back and relax in the Sports Bar at Newent Community School with fellow runners.

4. Parkrun at Coverham Enclosure Five Acres in the Forest of Dean

For a scenic parkrun, hit the beautiful course at Coverham Enclosure Five Acres in the Forest of Dean and run on forest paths – just remember that dependent on the weather, the trails may be quite muddy!

Participants are encouraged to bring along their own refreshments to enjoy in the finish areas afterwards.

5. Parkrun at Lydney Boating Lake in Lydney

With gorgeous views of the boating lake, take part in the Lydney Parkrun around the lakeside gardens. Run or walk across a mixture of tarmac, stone and trail paths every Saturday at 9am – or sign up to volunteer.

After tackling the course, there’s also the chance to grab a coffee at a local café and catch up with the group. Dogs are welcome, too!

6. Parkrun at The Vineyards in Tewkesbury

Hosting over 200 events since launching, The Vineyards in Tewkesbury offers a 5k course entirely on grass each Saturday morning, where participants can walk, jog, run or just spectate and cheer on your friends.

After smashing your personal best, join other parkrunners at Tewkesbury Rugby Club for refreshments and a chat to wind down after the race.

7. Parkrun at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester

For a Cotswolds parkrun featuring a unique historical element, keen participants can grab their sports gear and make their way around the 5k course at Cirencester’s Royal Agricultural University.

The special location sees runners, walkers and volunteers alike take in the views of the first agricultural college in the English-speaking world, as well as taking the opportunity to grab a post parkrun coffee in the university’s dining room.

8. Parkrun at Oldends Lane Play Fields in Stonehouse

Every Saturday at 9am, join a group of Stonehouse parkrunner’s at Oldends Lane Playing Fields for a run on a mixture of grass and gravel paths – make sure to wear appropriate footwear as the course may get muddy after rain!

Once finishing the course – and beating that personal best – catch up with other participants over a coffee.

By Zoe Gater

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© SoGlos
Wednesday 02 February 2022

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