The course page describes the route as “two full laps and one partial lap”, but I think a more accurate description is three laps, with the third lap missing out a short section near the end. I spoke to other runners who all felt that the description did not accurately reflect the course, so do be prepared to run almost three clockwise laps.
Mountsfield Park is lovely and the course is mixed enough to keep the parkrun interesting. You start by the bandstand, on tarmac, but very quickly head onto grass. The rest of the course is a mixture of grass, trail and tarmac, with the latter making up around 60% of the course. Sometimes you run through trees and sometimes you’re out in the open – it’s varied, which makes it more enjoyable. It was very well marshalled and signposted and the volunteer team were really enthusiastic, which may have been down to Catford parkrun being new, but hopefully that enthusiasm will continue.
Nearby postcode: SE6 1AN
Hills (as logged by Suunto Spartan Trainer): Ascent 35m / Descent 57m
Subjective PB potential: 6/10 – undulating and about 40% on grass or trail
Distance Displayed on Suunto Spartan Trainer: 4.99 km