Skip to main content

Storeys Field parkrun

I wanted to continue to make progress towards the Fibonacci Sequence this week, and Storeys Field parkrun in Cambridge seemed like the ideal opportunity, providing the opportunity to tick off 34.

The area

Storeys Field parkrun takes place amongst a new residential development in eastern Cambridge. Cambridge is perhaps best known for is university, which was particularly evident today, as it happened to be graduation day today.

Storeys Field looking towards the cricket pavillion

Storeys Field itself consists of a combination of a cricket pitch, and an adjacent sports field, each with their own facilities. One local landmark to look out for is the "Quidditch hoops" - an art exhibition located near the site (not the official name of the piece).

Quidditch hoops at Storeys Field

The course

The course is three flat, tarmac laps of the greenspaces around the new housing development.

Free parking is available in the nearby park-and-ride car park for up to 18 hours, which also provides access to toilets, while toilets are also available in the cricket pavillion closer to the start/finish area.

The run

I am planning on running Brighton Marathon next Sunday, and so I very deliberately decided to limit myself to a steady pace today to begin my taper. Fortunately, the large number of participants and the relatively narrow paths this week helped keep my pace in check. If I wanted to push for a personal record however, this course would definitely be a contendor given there is only really one relatively sharp corner per lap, in the most south-east of the course, and the rest of the course is entirely flat, with a great surface!

The end of today's run was marked with a skywriter plane drawing some art for us (although probably more related to the graduations in the city centre).

A heart drawn by a skywriting plane

Thank you to the team for a great event!

After the run

As the park-and-ride carpark offers free parking, I used that as an opportunity to explore Cambridge city centre in more detail. Trinity College was perhaps the first major attraction, although with graduation ceremonies underway, I decided not to try to get too close to some of the landmarks so as not to spoil people's celebrations.

Trinity College from the back

A number of bridges connect each bank of the river, and gondellas are a common sight on the river, including river tours.

Trinity Bridge from Garrett Hostel Bridge with a gondolla

The Mathmatical Bridge is a wooden bridge, originally built in 1749, but subsequentially rebuilt several times, most recently in 1905. The bridge is constructed from entirely straight pieces of timber.

Mathmatical Bridge

The Corpus Clock is another popular tourist spot, which depicts an insect atop the clockface, which is a unique design.

Corpus Clock

While I didn't have the opportunity to visit it today due to graduation ceremonies, Newton's Apple tree is located in the grounds of Trinity College, and is an offshoot of the actual tree (located at Newton's childhood home) which inspired Newton's work on gravity.

The Round Church was founded in between 1115 and 1131, and has been in operation since.

The Round Church

Castle Hill marks the site of the original settlement dating back over 2000 years, and the initial Roman settlement was built around this area too.

Castle Hill

The top of the hill offers views over the city.

View over Cambridge from Castle Hill

Links: Run report | Results | Strava

References: Trinity College | Newton's Apple Tree | Queens College | Mathmatical Bridge | The Round Church

Popular posts from this blog

Mildenhall Hub parkrun

This week I decided to make some more progress on the Fibonacci Sequence challenge by attending event number 5 of the new Mildenhall Hub parkrun! The area Mildenhall is a small market town located between Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. The modern town's population is heavily influenced by the two airforce bases located on the outskirts of the town, with up to a third of the town's residents being born in USA! The town is also where the Mildenhall Treasure was discovered - a collection of Roman silverwar considered to be perhaps the most important and valuable Roman treasure find in Britain. Owing to its importance and value, the treasure is now on permanent display at the British Museum. To the west of the town lies Mildenhall Hub, a newly built community centre, and host of this week's parkrun event! The course One lap of the course follows an initial out-and-back section, followed a lap of the adjoining meadow, with runners following the route two and a hal

Sloughbottom parkrun

With the weather reflecting a stereotypical British summer in the week prior to parkrunday (cloudy), I decided against attending one of the remaining seafront events this week. With a small island of unattended events in Norwich still, I couldn't fight the temptation to make that island smaller, and so Sloughbottom was to be this week's event! The area Sloughbottom parkrun (pronounced "slow-bottom" by the locals) is held in Sloughbottom Park, and the adjacent greenspace and former railway line in Norwich. The park is a recreation ground, and was created in 1929 as part of the council's efforts to kick-start the local economy at the same time as Eaton Park, which hosts Norwich parkrun . The former railway line which makes up part of the course is now known as Marriott's Way, a 24 mile trail path which follows the path of the original railway lines from Norwich to Aylsham. The trail is named after the former Chief Engineer and Manager of one of the f

Flegg High parkrun

After running Brighton Marathon last week, I was in desperate need of an easy recovery run this week, in all senses! Flegg High parkrun ticks all of the boxes I was looking for, in that it is a flat, small event, with some off-road surfaces to help with the recovery. The area Flegg High parkrun is hosted by Flegg High Ormiston Academy - an academy in the village of Martham, near Great Yarmouth, in Norfolk. The village of Martham is a primarily residential area, while also being home to Martham Broad - a nature reserve slightly north of the town. The course The route at Flegg High follows three laps of the perimeter of the school grounds, taking in the playing grounds as well as the school's playground. The course is run on many surfaces, including tarmac, gravel, and grass, but can best be thought of as 2-thirds off-road (mainly grass) and 1-third on-road (gravel and tarmac). Toilets are available in the school, and free parking is available on site. The run Tod