Lingwood parkrun, Norfolk, England

The parkrun route, out and round paths at the back of the playing fields.
Lingwood parkrun route.

Lingwood parkrun is a masterpiece of wiggling around, particularly on the paths at the back (right on the picture above) of the playing field and nascent park behind the Lingwood Village Hall. It’s three and a bit laps, which was no hardship – it took me that long to get it clear in my head how exactly we were moving on that back section in such a way as to be close to people ahead and behind, yet never in their way.

Flags and cones mark the finish, with the playing field stretching away under the sun
The finish line. Despite what the sign says, the start is on the other side of the field.

Frankly it isn’t easily described, so I’ll leave the picture there, but suffice to say that if you come, you’ll not get lost. It is very clear when you do it, whether for the 1st time with no idea what’s coming up, or the 3rd, when you know what’s coming but may have forgotten one path. My mind certainly simplified it at some point – no, you fool, it’s simple, just out the back of the fields, round one path, round another on the outside of that and back again. That misses a bit.

A gravel path cuts through the field
The final corner of the lap, going from gravel to grass
Lingwood Village Hall, a low and long building
The Village Hall

All the facilities you could want are in the village hall, which is lavishly appointed compared to other such halls. Plenty of parking, too, while attendance is under 100. The finish is right next to the hall (on the right as you look at it), with the start a short walk to the other side of the field away, so the whole thing feels compact and accessible.

A gravelly path on the field with cones and an arrow to mark the route
That last corner again

There was a definite community feel to this event, too. It felt as though many people knew each other and had strolled to their local event which is always a good sign.

Gravelly paths out the back of the course.
Paths out the back

The course is a mixture of gravelly paths – I wouldn’t run them barefoot or in minimal shoes – and grass, so despite being pretty flat, it isn’t necessarily especially fast. Because of the twists and turns it’s always interesting, though, with your view constantly shifting, and it makes sense to check where your feet are going. It kept my mind busy, for sure.

The start line, by a shelter next to the playing fields.
The start, far side of the playing fields. The turn into the wiggly bit is in the middle of the picture

I enjoyed both the challenge and the atmosphere at this lovely event, as well as it not being as big in number as some. Attendance hovers around 100, which is a nice number, and they have once had over 200, which must have made for a great sight, heading off round the fields. Lingwood station is a short walk away (0.3 miles), there’s a Spar in the village if you need more than the Hall provides, and Norwich is 9 miles to the West, Great Yarmouth 12 to the East for extra sight-seeing.

Results from Lingwood parkrun, event 91 2/4/22, 57 finishers.

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