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Brighton and Hove parkrun
Brighton and Hove parkrun is based in Hove Park, East Sussex. The parkrun page doesn’t provide a postcode but you could enter ‘Hove Park’ or ‘Goldstone Crescent, Hove’ in your SatNav to get you there. Parking was free for up to three hours on the streets surrounding the park and we easily found a space along Goldstone Crescent. Goldstone Retail Park is directly opposite Hove Park where you could also park for free. There were public toilets at the start/finish (of usual public toilet standards) or you could probably get away with using the toilets of one of the restaurants on Goldstone Retail Park.
The course itself is one small lap of the park, followed by two larger laps. It was well marshalled so you should not have a problem navigating round it. The first lap gets congested because there’s a fair bit of overtaking due to the faster runners coming through quickly for their second lap, but the paths are quite wide which balances things out a bit. The course is quite undulating as the whole park sits on the side of a hill, but it’s all on tarmac so it’s easy to run on. In spite of the tarmac, it was still pretty muddy on the day we ran, but it was winter and it had been raining. This would be a very nice course in warmer, drier weather, especially if you like your parkruns to be a bit more challenging than just totally flat.
It’s a really nice, little park, has a children’s play area, plenty of trees and is only a short drive from the main areas of Hove or Brighton. Did you know that Brighton and Hove parkrun was the sixth parkrun event to ever open, with the inaugural event taking place in November 2007? So when you run at Brighton and Hove, you are running a little bit of parkrun history.
Official Event Page: Brighton and Hove parkrun
Hills: Ascent/Descent metres 39
Subjective PB potential: 5/10
Distance Displayed on Suunto Spartan Trainer: 5.13km