Ecos Parkrun

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Overview

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Ecos Park, Ballymena. The course is run mainly on tarmac footpaths.. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Course Description

Ecos Park is an oasis of wildlife close to the heart of Ballymena town centre. Eight kilometres of mostly flat footpath lead visitors around 220 acres of parkland that includes woodland, lake, wetlands and meadows in the floodplain of the Braid River. The parkrun course is marked by permanent yellow topped posts for directions and each kilometre. The start is at the Visitor Centre where there is a map of the course. The first loop of the parkrun course sets off past the lake towards the Ballykeel Bridge where you cross the Braid River. The route follows the river upstream past wetlands and crosses the Millennium footbridge. You then follow the other bank downstream for a while before turning back to the Visitor Centre. The second loop takes runners through a tunnel of willow trees and alongside meadows grazed by Irish moiled cattle before looping back past the lake to finish where you started. The course may be altered when it is necessary to do so for example if the river floods. After the run, registration takes place in the cafe where refreshments are provided by our volunteers with costs covered by your donations.

Facilities

Toilets: Toilets are available in the Visitor Centre; use the main entrance to access them.

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