Parkrun Of The Month: Mount Edgcumbe

It's not easy, but Mount Edgcumbe parkrun sure is worth getting up for on a Saturday

Mount Edgcumbe, PL10 1HZ

WHY WE RUN IT

“I suspect it’s one of the toughest parkruns out there. The scenery is superb and views on a clear day always make the efforts of the ‘big hill’ worthwhile. However, it’s the people that make this small event such a firm favourite and an essential part of our family weekend routine.” – Matt Starling

“After a steady first km you find yourself grinding relentlessly up through the woods, but your effort is well rewarded once you emerge into the deer park with views of the sparkling water of Plymouth sound, the rolling hills of Cornwall, and the rugged tors of Dartmoor.” – Jamie Williams, race director

“Mount Edgcumbe parkrun is a great trail run with fantastic sea views. Our event is intimate, tourist friendly and has brought runners together from surrounding coastal communities in Plymouth, Torpoint, Millbrook, Kingsand, Crafthole and beyond.” – William Blackstone

SPOTLIGHT ON: Jane Weatherill, runner and volunteer

“I’ve been a volunteer for just over a year now. It’s a family affair for us; there’s me, my husband and my two children, who take it in turns to run and volunteer.

“Volunteering, for me, is all about seeing the different reasons everyone has to show up in the park. Some are there for PBs, some are there to keep fit, some are there to socialise with friends. As a volunteer, you feel like you’re allowing them to take part and have those reasons to run.

“Mount Edgcumbe is unique from a course perspective because it’s genuinely quite tough (ranked the third hilliest in the UK), but also because it’s in a proper deer park. You’re not just running on tarmac, you’re running on rugged woodland trails. It’s also small in numbers, so it feels like a family.

“For anyone thinking of volunteering, I would say just do it! The buzz of being a runner is great, but I would say I have an even bigger smile on my face when I’m donning the high-viz. As a runner, you’re in your own little bubble, but as a martial you’re seeing everyone else’s progress and that’s pretty special.”

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