What is it?
Parkrun is free organized 5km timed run around the world. They are very popular in the UK and are open to everyone, allow kids and runners with dogs. However they are known in other coutnries too, around 18 countries over 5 continents at the moment have parkruns running. It is great as the route has marshalls around so people know which way to run and also it is safe and really for everyone. The events try to encourage people to run and also welcome anyone (even if you are just starting with running). You can even walk it if you struggle with distance. The parkruns in the UK are at 9.30am every Saturday.
I never thought I will say it but I think this one is my favoruite parkrun so far. Although I haven’t been too many, it is challenging ever time I go there.
The trails have a bit of tarmac in two places, but it can be easily avoided. The course is in Callendar park and run on mixed surfaces, including forest paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain.
The Falkirk parkrun course is an undulating, picturesque route within Callendar Park. The course starts on gravel at Callendar House, then moves to trail paths through woods, then on to tarmac through a golf course, finally coming back onto trail paths, up a wee hill and through the woods back to the gravel and the start. It is always a great way to start Saturday with that heartbreak hill! 🙂
I must say it is very dog-friendly parkrun as if you ask the Race Director and you have proven they will allow you to start to the front, which I think is safer rather than me passing all the people. If you are around and can join go and try it! So worth it.
Vogrie Country Park
Another great parkrun, there is only tiny 100-150m of tarmac at the start. The rest is just nice soft trails. This parkrun is more sceptic about runners with dogs, but I always ask if I can run and start in front and they are fine with it. They know we are kind of fast.
The course comprises of a start section and two laps, run anti-clockwise.
Runners will head down the main access road towards Vogrie House, and take the ‘blue’ route past the pond and play park. They will follow this trail and take the pathway highlighted for the car park, they will continue along this path, crossing over the small concrete bridge. Runners will continue on this path until they reach the main car park. At this point they will turn left and follow the path parallel to the events field. At the end of the path they will turn left then immediately right along a short path and enter the events field at the top end. Keeping to the field perimeter on your left follow it to the second field until directed right to the BBQ area 1. Past the BBQ hut turn left on to the path and then right along the pond to Vogrie House. They will then complete a second loop of the above route and at the end of the second loop, they will finish just beyond the pond on the left.