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Falkirk parkrun

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Back to parkrun tourism yesterday on a sunny, autumn morning, with a trip to Falkirk parkrun.

Falkirk is 40 minutes north west of Glasgow. It is famous for the Falkirk Wheel which links the Forth & Clyde Canal to the Union Canal but it has a more recent draw card: The Kelpies, two 30 metre high steel sculptures named for a mythological transforming creature that had the strength of 100 horses. They overlook the M9 motorway so I got a peek at them on the drive home 🙂

Kelpies Opening Day

Anyway, Falkirk parkrun is held in Callendar Park. The course begins on a tarmac path in front of Callendar House, heading out alongside a Loch before taking a turn to go up a hill into woodland. There is a mile or so loop through the woodland, past a golf course before heading back up hill to join the original path for the return to Callendar House. As well as being scenic, mostly off road and challenging it is a nice change from the parkrun courses that comprise multiple laps.

Falkirk 1 Falkirk 2 Falkirk 3 Falkirk 4

A really lovely parkrun that is definitely worth visiting if you find yourself in Scotland’s central belt on a Saturday morning.

Yesterday there was a good turnout of over 200 people, many getting a second wear out of their Halloween costumes. My time of 30:07 a good indicator that I have some work to do if I want to set a sub 27:00 PB anytime soon!

I have now visited 10 of the 16 Scottish parkruns.


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