This week we’re off to Penrose parkrun in Cornwall – currently the most south-westerly parkrun in mainland UK. Using postcode TR13 0RA, the satnav took us directly to the large, free carpark near the start (the car park entrance is next to Flora Motors). It can accommodate over 100 cars so I don’t think there’s a need to get there particularly early, especially as runner numbers don’t often exceed 300. There is a very nice café next to the boating lake – about a 3-minute walk from the start – and the two public toilets there were open before parkrun, though there was a queue. I can recommend the café for food and drink after the run, especially as it has nice views of the lake.
The parkrun briefings take place next to the car park and the start line is less than a one-minute walk away. The start is extremely congested because the path is so narrow and there simply isn’t room for all the runners, so you will have to queue to get going. However, the path soon widens and the runners quickly spread out and it is spacious for the rest of the course. Penrose parkrun is a straightforward out-and-back and is entirely run on tarmac paths. It’s also fairly flat, with just a bit of undulation. The last 50-100 metres on the ‘out’ are on a hill, but other than that it’s flat. There’s little need for marshals on this course, but there will be someone at the turning point to ensure you don’t go too far. The team is small but they were very friendly and welcoming to tourists
As Penrose parkrun is on National Trust land, it is very picturesque. The course is mostly tree-lined, with stunning views of Loe Pool (Cornwall’s largest natural lake) and Penrose House (not open to the public). Overall, a very pretty, straightforward and flat course with plenty of facilities. A very enjoyable parkrun.
Official Event Page: Penrose parkrun
Nearby postcode: TR13 0RA
Hills: Ascent/Descent metres 18.3
Subjective PB potential: 9/10 – congested start but fairly flat and tarmac