Eglinton parkrun - our first tryout of the course (Feb 2013)

Eglinton parkrun

parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. The first parkrun in Ayrshire – Eglinton parkrun is due to start up on the 16th March 2013. Dogs are allowed to take part in parkrun events – there is however a limit to one dog per runner. You can also do what’s known as ‘freedom runs’ – run the course at any time you like and publish your time to the parkrun website.

One of the many bridges on the course

We’ve been longing for a parkrun at Eglinton Park for the past few years. Finally our wish has come true!

Just imagine how beautiful this will be in the summer!

Firstly, 5k is our preferred maximum race distance. All of the family members (both 2 legged and 4) get bored by long runs. We don’t mind walking for hours on end, but when running we all prefer short, all out efforts rather than long, slow plods. This is the perfect distance for us to train for.

The start line is at the end of this tree lined avenue

The actual events are a bit too highly charged for our little Beaglets so they’ll be doing ‘freedom runs’ with us at quiet times during the week. Paul and I will be entering the official events about once a month – we’ll be using them as a time trial. The aim is to see how much faster we can run the course with our little Beagle engines.

In the past, Beanie and Biggles have taken a good 3 – 4 minutes off of my 5k time

It’s a lovely course with 3 distinct sections and lots interest and varied scenery. We’ll post up more photos and info once the events get underway and we start to get a nice collection of photographs.


Tournament Bridge with it’s strategically placed bollards – a bit tricky when the dogs go one way and I go the other!

Crossing the final bridge just before the finish line