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Ventnor Park outdoor gym


The boys and I went to check out the new outdoor fitness park in Ventnor Park today after reading about its opening on Monday in VentnorBlog.  It was a good way of combining doing something interesting with the boys and fitting in a run before dusk.  Ed and I started with a jog to warm up however Adam (the Teenager) informed us that he had a mince-pie in his pocket which was his warm up!

The outdoor  fitness park is in the upper part of the park fairly high up on the cliff overlooking the sea (great views but rather windy) and near a long stretch of grass which was perfect for me to run back and forth on and clock up my minimum 2.5 mile run.  Its popular with dog walkers and I got yapped at my an aggressive Jack Russell, whose owner told me didn’t like runners (well I don’t much like yappy Jack Russells!) and a big chocolate Lab looked at me with a fantastic expression which pretty much summed up the lunacy that is Janathon which finds me running backwards and forwards in a park at 4pm in January.

2.55 miles in 24 mins plus cross training on the outdoor gym!

Author: fairweatherrunner

West London fair weather runner, British Military Fitness fan, mother of teenage sons and drinker of wine. Sometimes found on the Isle of Wight.

10 thoughts on “Ventnor Park outdoor gym

  1. A park with stuff for adults to play with? I’ll have a bit of that thankyou very much. Will be emailing my local council about it right now…

  2. Liking that idea, especially with views!

  3. Sounds like a good day 4! We’ve got one of those outdoor gyms just up the road from us, and I’ve been known to do a bit on there when the weather’s nice. There’s one on Hayling Island, but the seafront that’s pretty big. Not tried it though, but it’s a fantastic spot for exercise. Hope Day 5 goes well! 🙂

  4. Exercise machines or torture machines?

  5. Ah, I used to run past one of these in Finsbury Park and it was always full, it’s a great idea. I love the pattern your run makes!

  6. We have one of the outdoor gyms in our local park but unfortuantly its such a busy park the outdoor gym serves as an overspill for the playground!

  7. Your route looks as though you were trying to draw out a minimalist running shoe. Or an iron.

  8. looks amazing! and love the sattelite image of your training 🙂

  9. Dont like Jack Russells either, but have a lab and she looks at me in a similar way when I try and take her out in the rain. Might have to visit my local park gym tomorrow too.

    Psst someone scribbled on your map LOL

  10. I’ve looked and looked and looked, but have ended up very disappointed that there was NO ACTUAL MONKEY at the gym! I do love the scribbly route that you did though. And the outdoor gym looks ace.

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