Bournemouth parkrun

My home parkrun for the past 5 years is Bournemouth parkrun, which takes place in Kings Park, Boscombe on the outskirts of Bournemouth.

Orientation

Kings Park is 2 miles from central Bournemouth adjacent to the A338, the main road into town. As the park is also the home to AFC Bournemouth, it is well signposted. The start takes place in front of the Athletics stadium. There is some free parking in the park and neighbouring roads, although it can fill up quickly (especially on match days or in peak summer, as the beach park & ride also operates from here).

Bournemouth parkrun start
Bournemouth parkrun start

Facilities

There are toilets located right next to the start, in the athletics stadium. The stadium also has a cafe which is open for post run drinks and snacks.

250th parkrun celebration
Celebrations in the cafe at Bournemouth parkrun

Course

The original course (Course A) consists of one small lap plus 2 large laps of Kings Park, starting in front of the Athletics stadium and finishing at the rear of the stadium. The post-Covid course (Course B) consists of a slightly smaller first lap and extended third lap, starting and finishing in front of the stadium.

A slightly different course (Course C) is temporarily being used due to construction work taking place in the park. This consists of the original first lap, plus two shortened long laps, finishing with a mini lap of the field in front of the Athletics Stadium.

Terrain

The course consists of a mixture of grass, tarmac paths, a short section of trail and a short gravel section. It’s mostly flat with a couple of slight hills.

Bournemouth parkrun finish
New Year’s Day finish at Bournemouth parkrun

Difficulty

Run Britain Rankings for Uk parkruns place Bournemouth as the 275th fastest out of a total of 706. Course A has a total elevation of 20 metres. Course B has an extra hill, so a slightly higher elevation of 24 metres.

Bournemouth parkrun
Bournemouth parkrun

Fun Factor

I love Bournemouth because it’s my home parkrun, but it is bit repetitive and not hugely scenic. Some sections of the course can get muddy in wet weather. Everyone is friendly and plenty of people stay behind after the run for a drink and chat at the cafe. There is often cake…

Bournemouth parkrun
Tail walking in style at Bournemouth Parkrun

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