Armagh 220918

Facilities

There are two medium sized car parks close to the start line of this parkrun, located close to the centre of Armagh city. However, given the location it is quite convenient to get to by foot or bicycle. There are bus services to Armagh, but I am not sure if they arrive in Armagh before parkrun time. There are toilets available close to the start line, though no changing facilities.

Course

This is a tough hilly course, with a good amount of climbing. The perfect training course then. The course is made up of two laps, and the lap itself is made up of a smaller loop followed by a longer, larger loop. The surface is a mixture between paved and light gravel, mostly gravel. Because of the hilly terrain, when it is wet the paved surfaces could get slippy so watch your step. The park surroundings are very pretty with well maintained flower beds and lawns and lots of mature trees and groves. There is also good signage around the park explaining the different features.

Coffee

Parkrunners enjoy coffee at the finish line after catching their breath from the last climb before the line.

X Factor

There is a lot of history to this park, it being the former residence of the Archbishop of the Church of Ireland. There are also the ruins of an old friary. During the summer there are tours of the old buildings brought to life with costumed characters. Well worth a visit.

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