SQLBits 2023 – parkrun

SQLBits 2023 – parkrun

Volunteers make parkrun happen – “Daddy, can we be builders next week?”

parkrun, for the uninitiated, is a free, friendly organised 5k run that takes place on a Saturday morning at 9:00. It’s not a race, but it is timed and you will get a result, so long as you’ve registered once with parkrun and you take along your Barcode.

While SQLBits delegates are unlikely to want to stray from the Conference on Saturday morning, other visitors might like to partake in a little “parkrun tourism”.

There are plenty of people who enjoy visiting other parkruns outside of the 9:00 Saturday time window and the first two on the list can be visited early evening (light permitting) – provided you have enough energy after the SQLBits run, that is!

Newport parkrun

Newport parkrun start line

Tredegar House is the home of Newport parkrun. Beautiful scenery on a National Trust site. The Summer course takes in two laps of the park and lake before finishing in a 400m straight. There’s even a Junior parkrun held at this location on Sundays at 10:00. https://www.parkrun.org.uk/newport/

Riverfront parkrun

Riverfront parkrun – there could be puddles ahead, but while there’s music and dance!

If you’re looking for a fast out-and-back on hard surfaces then Riverfront is for you. Located in the center of Newport, this one’s about as flat as you’re going to get in Wales. Taking in the Riverside with views of the famous Transporter Bridge, it’s often a good choice on a rainy day if you don’t like mud. https://www.parkrun.org.uk/riverfront/

Coed Cefn-pwll-du parkrun

Not Coed Cefn-pwllpdu – but a nice picture. Real place is through trees.

For those looking for more of a trail run, this one should satisfy – running through proper trails in a forest. Not for the faint hearted (so I am told). https://www.parkrun.org.uk/coedcefnpwlldu/

As will all parkrun events, just check the Website for directions, parking instructions and in case of cancellations. If you need any more information, please reach out to me – a local parkrun veteran (333 and counting) for more information.

Hope this helps, Nigel.

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