This morning I was lucky enough to join a road-trip of runners from the St Peters course (which was my first ever course 6 months earlier) to try out Sandon Point, which is about 1-1.5 hours south of Sydney, and even managed to get a lift down there with some friendly runners who were carpooling for the day. To say that the trip was from one Australian parkrun to another, the car I was in was 3/4 from England, just goes to show how many Brits are living out in Australia now and still try to get in as many parkruns as possible. Perhaps it is this ex-pat contingency that helped the growth in Australia?
Anyway, it was a fantastic day and all the runners stayed around at the end to take a dip in the fantastic sea pool next to the start/finish and to hang around for breakfast/coffees afterwards. Having always traveled alone to races (or with only 1 other person) this was my first real taste of group tourism, and I have to say it was great! You become your own little touring family, all proud of each other’s achievements, cheering each other on when you pass and giving high-fives along the way. With this being a triple out & back, there was plenty of opportunity for that!
Also felt good to only be 1 second different on time to my last event, which considering I was not feeling in top form was very pleasing.
The course is an out and back with a slight kink near the halfway point to ensure that the distance can be completed mostly along the sea front. It starts on the grass mound near the cafe by the sea pool and from there heads downhill out on the path alongside the beach heading north until you reach a car park area at approx 1km. You then head round the car park to the right and rejoin the path to the left until you reach a fork junction in the path. From here you head left towards the housing estate and complete a small out-and-back section, turning round and heading back to the junction. When approaching the junction for a second time, you head left again and head out approx the same distance to another turnaround and again head back towards the junction. On the third time of meeting this junction, you carry on back the way you came at first and head back on the reverse of the instructions for the first section (again circumnavigating the car park) and then heading back to the grass by the cafe. The whole course is full of small hills and bobs up and down for the majority of the distance, with the finish being slightly uphill (having enjoyed the downhill section at the start).
- Time: 26:43
- Place: 44/82
- Gender Place: 33
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 5
- Age Graded Score: 48.28%
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: