I did Pendle parkrun a couple of times in 2017, as it’s the local parkrun for Colne and so Geth and I run it whenever we visit his family (and happen to feel like parkrunning that weekend – sometimes we don’t!). I hadn’t realised that it had been so long since I’d last done it.
We were in Colne this weekend, so we decided to give Pendle another go. It’s certainly one of the toughest parkruns I’ve done – it’s a two-lap course, with the first half of the lap being on grass and the second half being a steep freefall sprint downhill followed by a steep slog of a climb back up again. It wouldn’t be so bad if you didn’t have to do it twice.
I felt very slow out there – my current marathon training means that I’m not focusing on pace, and so I’m not nearly as fast as I was when I was getting consistent parkrun PBs last summer, but I still managed to get a course PB by a few seconds, so I’m happy with that.
Since we’re in the area so often, I’ll undoubtedly be back at Pendle again soon.