I thought Mile End parkrun would be flat. It isn’t. It’s not hilly. More undulating (a bit). That’s not to say it’s a bad course. In fact it’s a cracking little course tucked away in East London with a lovely bunch of runners and volunteers.
Other Dan was away and The Son was in bed so I headed across to visit another London parkrun that Other Dan has already visited. I also timed the visit with their birthday run so there was free cake. That started me wondering if you could become a parkrun cake tourist by visiting a birthday parkrun every week.
The start is outside Mile End Stadium where I found plenty of cheap parking in the official car park. I noticed that there weren’t many cars in there so either everyone is conscientious and walks / runs / cycles / uses public transport to get there or there happens to be free road side parking nearby. The facilities seemed to be plentiful with bike racks, a coffee van, and an area to leave bags & tops etc by the start / finish area.
The course takes in two laps of Mile End Park, which loops by the canal and over bridges (those be the undulations). There were pacers on the day I visited so I stuck with the 28 minute pacer for most of the first lap and then stretched the legs a little on the second lap.
Unfortunately I was pressed for time due to The Son and his science tutor on a Saturday morning but I was able to grab a piece of delightful homemade banana cake before I scuttled back to the west.