One of Britain’s youngest and most westerly parkruns was launched earlier this month and will be in action on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Trelissick parkrun takes place every Saturday morning at 9am on an undulating course on woodland paths and alongside the stunning Fal Estuary, with features such as Namphillows Wood, Lamouth Creek Bridge and Roundwood Fort to enjoy.
The National Trust’s Trelissick Garden is situated within the Cornwall Area of National Beauty at Feock, near Truro, close to the famous King Harry Ferry. The inaugural parkrun on 3 December drew 101 runners after two year’s preparation and a pilot run the previous Saturday.
The opening event attracted runners from 20 clubs, including one from Kinross in Perthshire. Jacob Dobson (Torrington AAC) was first finisher with the course best of 18:19, with Fiona Blackmore (Team Bath, 21:26) leading the ladies home. However, Jason Pascoe (16:57) and Sarah Pepper (17:39) of Active Dog Cornwall showed just what can be achieved with four legged support with their Canicross dogs.
The course is testing – downhill to start and uphill to finish – but was universally popular among first time runners. The inaugural run director, Nick Jeans selected his favourite comment posted on social media as: “22 minutes – hated every one of them; be back next week!”
Trelissick looks set for a successful future with 50 volunteers already registered to help support regulars and parkrun tourists at possibly one of Britain’s most scenic venues. The run director said it all in his run report: “Thank you to you all for making this event happen, through fundraising, volunteering, enthusiasm, completing work on the course, spreading the word and the parkrun love or all the other big and little things that go into building a parkrun event”.
For more information visit the Trelissick parkrun website.