“Northala Fields parkrun is a fast, flat parkrun set in massively instagramable surroundings.”
Northala Fields parkrun is located in a gorgeous park dominated by three artificial mounds that provide panoramic views across Ealing, London. It is a unique start/finish landscape and worth visiting simply to admire the tellytubbies-esque surroundings!
Thankfully, the winding paths of the mounds provide a backdrop to the course, the route itself being a relatively flat single lap around the mounds and the adjoined Rectory Park. It’s run on a mixture of tarmac and compacted gravel (the latter which kicks up a bit of dust when dry) and feature tree lined woods, open fields and even a few fishing lakes.
The route was initially congested, with around 350 runners in attendance, however this quickly thinned out and there was lots of opportunity to overtake. Buggy running would be a joy on this course, as is any kind of running.
Northala Fields parkrun is a fast, flat parkrun set in massively instagramable surroundings. A great community feeling, solid facilities and single lap route will make this a location that you look forward to visiting again.
Facilities wise: parking free in two small car parks just off the A40 or on road; toilets about 100m from the start; large play parks for children; and food/drinks are available from the cafe afterwards.
PB – 28:52
Best Position – 180th
Times run – 1