On Saturday I was lucky to be in Paris ahead of a very exciting race in the French capital the next day – more of that in my next post – and with over 30 other Fulham Running Club bandits headed to the beautiful Parc Montsouris for the weekly parkrun.
We were saying at the central Generator Hostel for the weekend, so walked to Gard du Nord and jumped on the RER B to Cite Universite to arrive right outside the park in less than half an hour. From there we walked through the park to the little coffee hut, still closed, near the lake and warmed up, waiting for the parkrun organisers to set up.
Unlike the super efficient-UK parkruns I know, parkrun Montsouris was a very casual, laid back affair with the run director rocking up a little late, the briefing being given in a humorous mix of French and English and a start time of almost 9.15am. No worries, parkrun is never a race and we walked together up to the start on the edge of the park for a nice downhill start.
The 5km is broken up into 3 loops, staying on the main paths on the circumference of the park taking in one longish slope and of course a little descent to make up for it. As there were just 30+ Fulham runners and only a handful more French out on Saturday morning, most not taking part in parkrun but doing their own thing, it was quiet and easy. I ran at a comfortable pace, enjoying the little incline and staying close to Steph most of the way, just out-sprinting her at the finish in 21:08 (though my watch caught the course a little short at just 4.83km)
If you’re in Paris for the weekend I would really recommend taking the time out on a Saturday morning to run the parkrun at Montsouris. You will be welcomed by friendly Parisians and enjoy a net-downhill 5km, letting you enjoy the rest of your day eating fresh croissants, baguettes and all the other French food while exploring this incredible city.