Skip to main content

Kesgrave parkrun

This week I was back on the trail of my East of England alphabet. Unfortunately, the only "J" event in the East of England is Jersey Farm, which I have already run at, and so with the next nearest options being Jesmond Dean or Jersey which are both a considerable distance away, I decided to skip ahead to "K".

The area

Kesgrave is a relatively new residential area located to the east of Ipswich. The area officially became a town on 1 January 2000 as part of the millennium celebrations.

The town has grown in size dramatically, from around 20 dwellings in 1921, to 2,000 dwellings in 1988, and is planned to exceed 5,000 dwellings when planned development is complete.

The course

The route starts with a loop of the main field, followed by an out-and-back. On the return of the out-and-back, runners follow paths through the woods before finishing at the starting area. The course is run entirely on grass and woodland trails.

Free parking is available at the nearby car park, and toilets and a cafe are available at the community centre.

The out and back section of the course

The run

I don't know whether I'm starting to get used to running on grass, or whether the slightly drier week had something to do with it, but this run seemed to be slightly easier than the past few. The run itself was quite uneventful, and ran very smoothly.

The woodland trail towards the end of the course

Thanks to the volunteers for such a well-oiled event!

After the run

When we were done with the run, I explored the local area. I first headed in the direction of Brookhill Woods, but on arrival, found that this is actually a private woods, and so decided against exploring.

Brookhill Woods from the road

On returning to the woods we ran through towards the end of the event, I discovered Dodds Grave - thought to be the grave of a shepherd who was found hanged around 1750, and was subsequently buried at the cross roads between 4 parishes, as was common practice for suicides.

Dobbs grave amongst the woodland

I then explored the town, and the computer monument, which pays homage to some of the pioneers in the world of computer science, from Charles Babbage on. Many of the roads in the area are named after the same pioneers too.

Computer monument in Kesgrave

Links: Results | Strava

Popular posts from this blog

Ally Pally parkrun

Now that I have completed the UK Alphabet, my focus has turned towards the East of England region. As there are so many events to choose from, I'm going to start by working through events in alphabetical order again, with an emphasis on working east to west, which for me, effectively orders events furthest to nearest. During my initial exploration of the challenge, I did make a mistake however, which I only realised after running this event - I didn't realise that Aldenham parkrun was in the region, and so I started this phase of parkrunning by running Ally Pally parkrun instead! The area Ally Pally, or Alexandra Palace, is a purpose built community centre in Haringey, North London. Unlike other palaces in the UK, Ally Pally has no royal connection, and instead has been entirely community oriented since its conception. The palace houses a theatre, concert hall, a convention centre, an ice rink, and has facilitated BBC broadcasts an

York parkrun

After the exciting return of parkrun last week, I was super keen to complete my outstanding alphabet challenge without as many hiccups as possible, which meant ticking off the rarer letters while I still had the possibility to divert to other events as possible. Yeovil Montecute parkrun hadn't returned since the break, leaving York as the only option for a "Y", and so while I still had some contingencies available in the forms of Wetherby and Potternewton parkruns. While not a big factor in deciding this week's destination, this was to be York's first event back, as it wasn't able to take place last week due to horse racing taking place. The area York parkrun takes place in the Knavesmire, in the south of York. The city of York was founded in 71AD, and then known as Eboracum, was the capital of Britannia Inferior - one of the Roman provinces. As with any city of this age, its history is vast, and the city has played many imp

Alton Water parkrun

While I have been looking forwards to attending Alton Water parkrun for a while (it shared its inaugural run with Bury Field, which I attended), the fact that attending this week also gives me some more progress towards the Fibonacci sequence by ticking off a 13th event was enough to tip the scales in its favour this week. The area Alton Water is a reservoir, built to provide drinking water to the Ipswich area following water shortages in the 1960s by building a dam at the eastern end of the lowland, and allowing water levels to rise over the course of the next 10 years. The area which was claimed by the reservoir, as well as today's surroundings are primarily farmland, punctuated by the occasional village. The course The two-lap trail course is run primarily on grass, with some gravel and dirt paths for good measure. The course is situated to the south of the reservoir, and offers views of the water, woodlands, and farmland, while cattle, geese and waterfowl are commo