Manor Field parkrun, Whittlesey
Manor Field parkrun, Whittlesey, is Cambridgeshire-based and just 7 miles from Peterborough. Postcode PE7 1UA took us directly to the Manor Leisure Centre car park, where free parking is available, however it only has about a 40-car capacity so I would advise getting there early. According to the course page, there are more free car parks in the centre of Whittlesey (a 5-minute walk away), along with Whittlesey train station. The car park is right next to the playing field where the parkrun starts and ends. There is a pavilion building near the start/finish and there were a couple of toilets available for use before and after parkrun. The pavilion also hosts post-parkrun coffee.
The course starts at the car park side of the playing field and runners must complete ¾ of a lap of the field before heading into Manor Park and completing three full laps, then heading back into the playing field and finishing the final ¼ lap missed at the start, plus a little bit more, finishing by the pavilion. The start and finish are not exactly in the same place, but they are only 100m or so apart. The entire course is on grass and is really flat. There is a very pretty section along the canal and a few interesting turns around some trees, the leisure centre and the outdoor skate park. The course was well marshalled and I felt it would be very difficult to take a wrong turn.
Runner numbers at Manor Field parkrun are around 100 at the moment, but it’s still quite early days and this may grow. Being a 3-lapper, it has potential to get congested, but the smaller runner numbers mean that it’s not an issue just yet.
Official Event Page: Manor Field parkrun, Whittlesey
Nearby postcode: PE7 1UA
Hills (as logged by Suunto Spartan Trainer): Ascent/Descent metres 7.0
Subjective PB potential: 7/10 – flat, but all on grass
Distance Displayed on Suunto Spartan Trainer: 5.07 km