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Posted on 31/01/2018 by David

Parkruns have taken the UK by storm, with thousands of people taking part in them every week.

For those of you unfamiliar with a parkrun, they are free timed 5km runs held in parks across the country every week.

People of every age and ability are encouraged to take part, and dogs, wheelchairs and pushchairs are welcomed at most of them.

You need to register before you join in with one because every time you run, your time is logged, and you have the chance to beat your own PB - Personal Best.

They’re not just a great way of getting fit - they’re a chance to socialise and have a lot of fun!

If you’re a keen runner, you might want to keep up your hobby, even when you’re on your holiday - after all, you might want to burn off the calories from all those indulgent ice creams or afternoon teas

North Wales has several organised parkruns and we think they are the perfect opportunity to explore a little bit more of our beautiful area whilst keeping fit.

Here are five parkruns you can do in North Wales - don’t forget your barcode to log your time!

1. Conwy

Where: RSPB Nature Reserve, Llandudno Junction

When: Saturday, 9am

The course is run on a mixture of tarmac and gravel paths along the banks of the River Conwy, heading towards Deganwy then back.

Along the way you can enjoy views of Conwy Castle and the Conwy Estuary - it's definitely a jog with a view!

The route is almost entirely flat, so it's perfect for newbies, wheelchairs and pushchairs, although you do have to cross a footbridge.

It starts and ends at the RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve, which is a nice spot for a rewarding cuppa and a cake afterwards, not to mention perfect for a family day out. 

Run 1

2. Penrhyn

Where: Penrhyn Castle, Bangor

When: Saturday, 9am

We think this is one of the most beautiful and picturesque parkruns you can attempt.

The course starts outside the gates of this imposing National Trust property and follows two big loops then two smaller loops around the castle, finishing just beyond the 19th century neo-Norman front gates - they really are quite something to behold.

It’s mostly flat, with some small, undulating slopes. Once you’ve smashed your PB for the week, why not pop in and enjoy breakfast at the castle tearooms? 

Run 3

3. Dolgellau

Where: The Marian, Dolgellau

When: Saturday, 9am

Get to the Marian (Dolgellau's playing fields) early and enjoy a pre-run coffee at TH Roberts in Glyndwr Street with the other runners, before heading down to the car park to start your run.

The course is flat and heads in the direction of Barmouth through some lovely countryside. It’s a hard-packed, unsealed path and was originally used as a railway track. 

Don't worry if you're unfamiliar with your surroundings, there are always cones and marshals to give you directions.

Run 2

4. Erddig

Where: Erddig Hall, Wrexham

When: Saturday, 9am

The course starts in front of the very beautiful and grand National Trust property, Erddig Hall, and heads in a loop around the upper forest before coming back in front of the house.

It's a single loop trail run on a mixture of gravel paths and trail paths but, as always, there are marshals along the route to help you go the right way.

At the end, join the other runners and marshals in the Hayloft Restaurant for a post-run cup of tea!

Run 4

5. Wepre Park, Deeside

Where: Wepre Park

When: Saturday, 9am

We think Wepre's one for more seasoned runners as it's an undulating route, with a 500 foot uphill climb.

This parkrun is entirely on paths around the park - they can be a bit slippery and muddy in places so tread carefully. The route also passes through some wooded areas, so watch out for tree stumps and tripping hazards.

Afterwards, Wepre Park is lovely for a family walk, especially with kids. Don’t forget to go and check out the waterfall and Ewloe Castle whilst you’re there!