Jersey parkrun is currently the only parkrun in Jersey and is based in the area of St Brelade, which is only a 20 minute walk from the airport and a further 20 minute walk to the coast. Those wishing to do Jersey parkrun as part of a day trip to Jersey could easily walk there and back from the airport, but I would recommend staying for a night or two because Jersey is lovely. The start/finish of Jersey parkrun is at Les Quennevais sports centre, on Don Farm, where you will find free parking, toilets and refreshments. Most people probably won’t turn up until about 8.55am so don’t worry if you seem to be standing on your own for ages. We were told this relaxed attitude is the ‘Jersey way of life’ and it made for a nice change of pace.
A fairly flat course, you run 1 ¾ laps of the cycle path (which accounts for about 2.5km) followed by a sort of out-and-back on the old railway path. The first half of the course (cycle path) is on tarmac and the second half (railway path) on a sort of hardened gravelly track, so the whole course is solid underfoot and easy to run on. Although it looks flat at first glance, it is actually gently undulating, but in the scheme of things this is definitely one of the flatter courses around. The paths are wide for the whole course, so it won’t feel congested, even though attendance numbers generally hover around 300. This was the first parkrun I’d been to where they had music playing at the finish line – a nice touch and a good way of encouraging people across the finish line.
For anyone doing the UK Alphabet challenge as part of their parkrun tourism, Jersey parkrun is a must-do course to achieve the elusive ‘J’. For anyone looking to become a ‘Regionnaire’, this is 50% of the Channel Islands region (with the other 50% being Guernsey) so Jersey is ticking a lot of parkrun tourism boxes.
Official Event Page: Jersey parkrun
Nearby postcode: JE3 8LZ
Hills (as logged by Suunto Spartan Trainer): Ascent 22m / Descent 7m
Subjective PB potential: 10/10 – fairly flat and all on firm surface
Distance Displayed on Suunto Spartan Trainer: 5.09 km