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Hi Everyone,
The club park run series continues, with a run at Gunnersbury Park ,South Acton on Saturday 10th December 9.00am.
There is plenty of (free) parking  into the park at Popes Lane (B4491) and off the North Circular (A406).
Tube stations near there are  Acton Town, South Ealing & Gunnersbury, and buses stopping nearby are the E3, 65 & H91
For Sat Nav users- W3 8LQ.   Also plenty of bars to chain your bike to.
The course starts on grass and is a figure of 8, mostly on pathways , quite flat with 2 downhill parts ,slight uphill finish on grass.
Course record so far after week 2 of the run at the park is 16.42.
There are 180 acres of parkland at Gunnersbury and has 1000 years of history.
Named in year 1000ish , after Gunlyda , the niece of King Canute.  Many have owned the land there, private until 1926.
Bishop of London owned the land , passed on to Sir John Maynard and then was owned in the 18th century by Princess Amelia,
King George 11 Daughter. She had many parties at the mansion (raves) causing gossip & rumours!!
After she died, further buildings  were added and in 1835 the Rothchild’s owned the estate for next 90 years.
The estate was then sold to Ealing & Acton council for £130,000 , and in 1926 Neville Chamberlain opened the park to all.
Today the mansion is a Museum (free entry) and has been seen in films including’ The Lavender Hill Mob ‘.
Hope to see you all for this park run, 8.30am for the warm up!! (BA vest)
Eddie Giles.