Decided to do a bit of Parkrun tourism today. I had to drop my son in Glasgow at 8am so had a look at the options for doing a Parkrun before driving back to Edinburgh. The one which looked most convenient turned out to be in Tollcross park. It was lovely and very friendly with only 83 people compared with the 400+ which is now normal for my usual run at Cramond. It was also very hilly and with two and a bit laps you had to do the main hill 3 times! I confess I walked a bit on the last one.
Really chuffed at my result - my 57th parkrun; 59th place; 13th female 1st in your age category VW55-59 (but there were only 2 of us!).
It was great to do a Parkrun in a real park and it got me thinking about what constitutes a "park". Tollcross ticked a lot of the boxes for me. We assembled by the bandstand in the middle of a rose garden. There was another rose garden area, a kid's playground, a glass house winter garden, some allotments, sports pitches and a bit of a wild area. It was looking splendid too because it's the place for the turnstiles and assembly area for folk going to the swimming at the Commonwealth Games and the gardeners have been busy.
All the other Parkruns I've done (Edinburgh, Eastbourne, Kawana Qld, Roundshaw Down) have been in what you would call a public open space rather than a proper park - all great locations each with their own interesting features. I'm sure my concept of a park comes from my earliest experiences of them. In Elgin where I was brought up we had the Cooper Park which was, and I think still is, lovely. It also had almost a full set of park features (play area, boating pond, bowling green, tennis courts, putting green, cricket pitch, floral displays etc).
So all you Parkrunners out there - what's your park like? How parkish does it seem to you? (I did think about parky but that something else - Edinburgh is often distinctly parky with the wind coming off the sea!)
We need to support our local parks and open spaces whether they are Parkrun venues or just the bit of green space at the end of the road.