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Living in Epsom as I do, Nonsuch Parkrun is my local race and I absolutely love it, it's just over 3 miles from home, which means I get to run there for a good warm up (ideal at the moment!), race then run (well crawl) back home for a solid 9 miles on a Saturday morning. It's a little belter of a 5K race, which reminds me of the old school cross-country courses. It's not as easy as Wimbledon or Bushy Park, but it's easier than Banstead, so just be happy with a course PB during this race. It's a timed and measured 2 lap course of pure regal goodness.
So, what's the point of this post? My aim is to provide a blow by blow account of the course to help those planning to run it know the turns, touch points inclines, declines and where to go hard or not..hopefully it helps at least one person :)
|London Road Car park|
When you get up to Nonsuch Mansion as shown below, there’s a few bike racks (from memory I’ll have a stab at 6) where you can lock your bike up but also importantly there’s toilets right next door (to the left) where you can rid yourself of any pre-race nerves that you may have..
|Toilets, next to Nonsuch Mansion|
- The Meeting Area
|Runner's meeting point (Nonsuch Mansion just ahead)|
- The Start Line
|The start line! (Half way along the path)|
- First KM
|View from the start line|
|First right hand bend|
Normally the adrenaline is stillpumping by this point so you don’t normally lose any time, but it does require concentrationon the 2nd lap for sure as you can easily lose 10-15 seconds on the3rd K if you slack off.
|The 500m straight section|
As you head down a further 190m or so down along this straight path, you will hear the resonating sound of everyone's GPS watch informing you that you have now past the 1K mark, probably midway point in the photo below.
|Approaching 1K mark up head.|
- Second KM
For the 2nd K, you continue on the straight pathfor a further 90m or so before you will be greeted by several orange flags anda cheery volunteer directing you into a right hand turn. The turn is on a downslope which can be muddy if there’s been rain, so mind your footing.
|Right hand turn|
|Start of the 200m straight, left turn up ahead!|
At the end of the 200m section there is a 90 degree left hand turn at 1.3KM into the run, there will be another happy volunteer here also, say thanks if you can!
|Hard left hand turn and straight ahead|
This section whilst tremendous fun, if only because you had no idea if you would still be running the other side of it, was to be fair, quite perilous when the conditions were poor and nobody wants a snapped ankle in these litigious times. So it's a hard right here and run straight on for 50m, a volunteer will be stationed here to show you the way.
|Hard right hand turn|
|Hard left hand turn just up ahead (just where the people are)|
|Turned left and straight ahead|
|Cross the bridge and throw a right|
|Up the small incline towards the 2nd K marker|
- To the half way point
Once you have passed 2K mark, there's about 170m of running to go (and 3m climb) before a right hand turn at Henry VIII's Logs of Glory (I just made that up).
|Turn right for home at the logs|
|Run towards the path|
|On the path and head straight up!|
Should this be the end of your 2nd lap, congratulations, you're almost finished, but don't turn around and give your rivals a sniff of weariness, just pick up your knees strain once more and break the (figuratively speaking) tape.
Relax, catch your breath and feel free to engage smug thoughts for just completing something the majority of the country hasn't.
|Approaching the finish line on your left (for the 2nd lap), carry on straight past it during the 1st lap.|
|Finish line is here for those that have completed two laps|
|Heading towards the 1/2 way point, veer slightly, ever so right here|
|2.5K maker - Half way point, straight ahead!|
|Run back to the starting path straight ahead and do it all again!|
At this point you are heading back onto your 2nd lap, you are 2.5K in to a 5K race and at 49m elevation, so enjoy the small down hill here before the hard work of the 2nd lap begins, have fun and go hard!