Easiest parkrun | Hardest parkrun
You may well have often thought ‘How hard is my local parkrun compared to a flat 5k?‘.
This is a list of the easiest parkrun courses and the hardest parkrun courses. Starting with the easiest first and culminating in the fiendish Lanhydrock parkrun.
This list is purely organised by total ascent. Naturally a muddy course or a windy course could make any course relatively easier or harder on the day. For example Kingston parkrun ranks as ‘easy‘ as it is on the banks of the Thames and its relative easiness gets better sometimes on a windy day as the riverside trees shield you from nearly all the wind…however try running a PB there during much of the winter months and you will find it quite muddy in many places.
Peterborough is fully tarmac whereas Old Deer Park is fully grass.
I have a clever little spreadsheet which could produce another table showing how much time each course would add onto your ‘track 5k’ time based on ascent/descent…let me know, below, if you are interested (actually it’s here now). It even takes into account surface conditions, weather and other factors but I could simplify it to just give a number of seconds added for each course compared to your ‘track 5k time’ taking into account just ascent/descent.
|Easiest Sub 10ft||Southsea, Hackney Marshes, York, Strathclyde, Fulham Palace, Long Eaton, Goole, Rickmansworth|
|Sub 20ft||Portrush, Hull, Roding Valley, Evesham, Edinburgh, Crosby, Hove Promenade, Belfast Victoria, Kingsbury Water, Bushy, Worthing, Beckton, Stratford-upon-Avon, Kingston, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hartlepool, Reading, Swansea Bay, Cardiff, Bideford, Eastbourne, Ellenbrook Fields, Montrose, Seaton, Aberystwyth, Wetherby, Cambridge, Poole, Abingdon, Pegwell Bay, Hastings|
|Sub 30ft||Minehead,Market Harborough, Colwick, Southwark, Harwich, Perth, Burgess, Peter Pan, Wimbledon Common, Didcot, Tonbridge, Stretford, Aldenham, Worcester Pitchcroft, Inverness, Greenock, Congleton, Durham, Wythenshawe, Dolgellau, Kingsway, Boston, Winchester, Bryn Bach, Beeston, Gloucester North, Grangemoor, Barking, Bicester, Woking, Great Cornard, March, Riverfront, St Albans, Upton Court|
|Sub 40ft||Mansfield, Longrun Meadow, Beckenham Place, Exeter Riverside, Portsmouth Lakeside, Poolsbrook, Thurrock, King’s Lynn, Torbay Velopark, Salisbury, South Manchester, Aylesbury, Northallerton, Malling, Peterborough, Kesgrave, Brighouse, Ellesmere Port, Weymouth, Aberdeen, Burnham and Highbridge, Conwy, Redcar, Bognor Regis, Comber, Thetford, Elgin, Rutland Water, Linwood, Lincoln, Southend|
|Sub 50ft||Banbury, Crane Park, Rother Valley, Tooting Common, Albert, Newbury, Cleethorpes, Croxteth Hall, Penrith, Old Deer Park, Osterley, Pymmes, Warrington, Northala Fields, Antrim, Cassiobury, Ashford, Carrickfergus, Stonehouse, Rushmoor, Portobello, Maldon Prom, Ecos, Perry Hall, Chelmsford Central, Maidenhead|
|Sub 60ft||Sittingbourne, Bromley, Cwmbran, Hereford, Darlington South Park, Barnstaple, Southport, Wimpole Estate, Walsall Arboretum, Millom, Frimley Lodge, Woodley, Norwich, Newport, Maidstone, Blackpool, Black Park, Prudhoe Riverside, Lydney, Gorleston, Penrose, Andover, Arrow Valley, Daventry, Wanstead Flats|
|Sub 70ft||Druridge Bay, Chippenham, Belton House, Ormeau, Huntingdon, Mersea Island, Riverside, South Norwood, Lytham Hall, Buckingham, Rising Sun, Limavady, Bedfont Lakes, Gunpowder, Catterick, Tees Barrage, Cheltenham, Fareham, Widnes, Rushcliffe, Brockenhurst, Wycombe Rye|
|Sub 80ft||Moors Valley, Valentines, Bangor, Brueton, Doncaster, Victoria, Newcastle, Stormont, Netley Abbey, Cannon Hill, Humber Bridge, Nonsuch, Canons Park, Margate, Ellon, Chipping Sodbury, Milton Keynes, Preston Park|
|Sub 90ft||Harcourt Hill, Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton, Marple, Dulwich, Oak Hill, Oxford, Dartford, Harrow Lodge, Fritton Lake, Whiteley, Brierley Forest, Wilmslow, Burnage, Bournemouth, Riddlesdown, Lowestoft, Great Notley, Forest of Dean, Harrogate, Whitstable, Tamar Lakes, Delamere, Northampton, Scunthorpe, Bedford|
|Sub 100ft||Medina IOW, Whitley Bay, Newark, Tewkesbury, Plymvalley, Penallta, Walthamstow, Worsley Woods, Mulbarton, Cheadle Hulme, Chester, Waterworks, Basildon, Dalby Forest, Citypark, Pontypridd, Porthcawl, Clacton Seafront, Conkers, Folkestone|
|Sub 110ft||Gunnersbury, Dudley, Dudley, Panshanger, Stewart, Raphael, Clumber Park, Livingston, Birkenhead, Blandford, Ayr, Wormwood Scrubs, Horsham, Kettering, Derry City, Peckham Rye|
|Sub 120ft||Linford Wood, Luton Wardown, Hatfield Forest, Princes, Ormskirk, Enniskillen, Llanelli Coast, Lymington Woodside, Southwick Country Park, Swindon, Catton, Bexley, Burnley, Bracknell, Fountains Abbey, Queens, Workington, Braunstone, Upton House, Fell Foot, Telford, St Andrews, Corby|
|Sub 130ft||Cannock Chase, Bury St Edmunds, Leicester Victoria, Chichester, Shorne Woods, Basingstoke, Sunderland, Erddig, Peacehaven, Brighton & Hove, Eastleigh|
|Sub 140ft||Pontefract, Woodhouse Moor, Blickling, Coventry, Worcester, Aviemore, Harrow, Rugby, Highbury Fields, Knowsley, Heaton, Killerton, Greenwich, Stevenage, Hoblingwell, Omagh, Eglinton|
|Sub 150ft||Wotton, Merthyr, Keswick, Sedgefield, Tilgate, Brandon Country Park, Sewerby, Springburn, Mile End|
|Sub 160ft||Preston, Markeaton, South Oxhey, Bath Skyline, Hazlehead, Ipswich, Shepton Mallet, Glossop, Chadderton Hall, Great Lines, Orpington, South Shields, Leamington, Rosliston|
|Sub 170ft||Yeovil Montacute, Sherwood Pines, Havant, Richmond Park, Sheffield Hallam, Cranleigh, Gnoll, Hillsborough, Llyn Llech Owain, Melton Mowbray, Colchester Castle, Brockwell|
|Sub 180ft||Pennington Flash, Wallace, Wakefield Thornes, Brundall, Carlisle, Huddersfield, Billericay, Barry Island, Southampton, Gateshead, Kirkcaldy, St Helens, Woodbank, Harlow|
|Sub 190ft||Penrhyn, Bramhall Park, Hanley, Banstead Woods, Vogrie, Falkirk, Grovelands, Colby, Pontypool, Holkham, Witton, Newent|
|Sub 200ft||Guildford, Finsbury, Roundshaw Downs, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Hackworth, Concord|
|Sub 225ft||Shipley Country, Cross Flatts, Rotherham, Phoenix, Rushmere, Hyde, MUSA Cookstown, Pollok, Reigate Priory, Forest Rec, Ally Pally, Bradford, Horton Park, Nostell, Pomphrey Hill|
|Sub 250ft||Armagh, Bolton, Gedling, Parke, Lloyd, Stamford Park, Stonehaven, Gladstone, Gadebridge, Valley, Canterbury, Skipton, Homewood, Ruchill, Crystal Palace|
|Sub 275ft||Hilly Fields, Haigh Woodland, Hockley Woods, Dewsbury, Graves, Brentwood, Barclay, Barrow, Larne, Tamar Trails, Temple Newsam, Trelissick, Roundhay, Oldham, Falls, Henley-on-Thames, Ganavan Sands|
|Sub 300ft||Alice Holt, Sheringham, Camperdown, Dunfermline, Oakwell Hall, Bramley, Halifax|
|Sub 400ft||Colin Glen, Wyre Forest, Gainsborough, Bestwood Village, Pendle, Hampstead Heath, Lancaster, Ashton Court, Bedgebury Pinetum, Clair, Rostrevor, Blackhill, Sheffield Castle, Hadleigh, Cuerden Valley, Tring, Gibside, Tollcross, Barnsley, Ludlow, Queen Elizabeth, Watergrove|
|Hardest Sub 500ft||Lullingstone, Bevendean Down, Lyme Park, Drumchapel, Mount Edgcumbe, Wepre, Lanhydrock|
Source: jegmar.com (modified)