When I started this ‘challenge’, I was only going to be in Australia for 6 weeks and I ran all 3 Sydney runs available to me, so was looking forward to going back to the UK to have my pick from the many events that were already running locally to me. When I found out I was to be coming back to Australia on a more permanent basis, I was eagerly looking for new events to try to go to upon my return as I didn’t want to give up having not even got halfway to where I wanted to be. It was then I saw Mosman parkrun, due to start on 19th October 2013 when I was landing into Sydney on 25th October 2013. Another event to go to! But much to my disappointment it got cancelled in the first week before it even had a chance to start and, more importantly, before I was able to run it!
What followed was months and months of negotiations with the council to try to get the run reinstated with the prospect of it starting again getting more and more of a dream. I had all but resigned myself to the fact I would not be able to tick it off my list until I heard the fantastic news that with a new course and location it was due to start again! There was no way I was going to miss the re-launch (in case it got cancelled again ;))
Seeing as though I have not managed to get to an official launch yet, this is pretty much what I think it must be like. The Health Minister had come down to officially open the run and to say a few words about how great parkrun is (preaching to the converted a little) and to praise the resilience of the event team to get it going and keeping faith in the fact that the run will go ahead. There was a real buzz about the place and it felt great to finally be running another Sydney event!
The event team chose a fantastic spot for their course and it has what I would guess to be the most expensive backdrop to any parkrun as it is run alongside a marina full of expensive boats and yachts. With me being a bit of a fan of boats, this was a great distraction from the fact that I haven’t actually ran in 2 months and I wasn’t exactly in top form.
The course is a 3-lapped course with the start/finish line is on a small green patch of parkland in the east Spit Reserve near Spit Bridge in Mosman, right next to the car park and is the most open part of the course. From the start you run along the outside of the grass before cutting onto the path near the waterside. You then run straight out past the rowing club and some houseboats (it is essential to stay quiet at this point as the run is at 7am and I don’t think the occupants of the houseboats would like the noise, plus we don’t need another reason for Mosman parkrun to be cancelled). Just after the houseboats you take a sharp left up a small hill to the top before turning back on yourself and running straight back where you came from. You run back down the path and when you reach the start/finish line you do no go back onto the grass, you instead carry on down to the children’s play area and run round that back to the start/finish. You then follow the exact same route for 2 more laps before finishing.
- Time: 26:29
- Place: 22/34
- Gender Place: 13
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 3
- Age Graded Score: 48.71%
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: