While I’m only in Sydney for a few weeks, might as well try to take in all of the different courses, so decided to run a different one this week. It was an early morning, had to be up at 5am to catch a bus from the city at 5.30am, don’t know if that is dedication or stupidity yet! I have heard of people who run this course at 7am then drive to St Peters for the start at 8am to do the ‘Sydney Double’, don’t think any of these use public transport!
With the run being so early in the morning I found that there was a lot of dew still in the grass, which made walking across the fields a very wet affair, however it all adds to the appeal of waking up so early in the morning and going for a run, or something like that…
So far then, 2 runs at 2 different course in Sydney, lets see if I can squeeze in the other course before I go home 🙂
As you might have guessed from the parkrun name, the course is in the Curl Curl borough of Sydney which is about 1 hour north from the CBD on public transport. It is based in the John Fisher Park and starts from a small pavilion next to the cricket fields, so it’s easy to find the start. Once the run gets going, you run mainly along a cycle/foot path through the middle of the fields and after about 1km the path opens up to run alongside the fantastic Curl Curl Lagoon. For me, this part of the run was just great because the sun was just starting to really breakthrough so was running alongside a clear lagoon during sunrise – just perfect! Even tried to take a sneaky photo whilst running 🙂 Once you reach the end of the path, you leave the park and turn left to run along the path at the side of the road over a bridge, to then enter the park again and run round the football fields. The course then narrows and you are again running along the cycle/foot path down to the other end of the park where you run a loop around another sports field (cricket this time I think) and head back the way you came. After about 2-thirds of a kilometre, the course then ducks over a small footbridge to cross the river at the mouth of the lagoon to head back to the start/finish line ready for another sprint finish! With the course being very flat and pretty straight, this is a very fast course and can see a lot of people setting a PB on this course if they so wished (I did!).
- Time: 25:49 (PB)
- Place: 34/70
- Gender Place: 21
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 3
- Age Graded Score: 49.97%
Full details of my run can be found here:
And full details of the results from this parkrun can be found here:
The Facebook page for the course is:
And the Course Information page on the parkrun website is:
Information on the park can be found here: