As has come to be for me, no weekend away would be complete without a parkrun anymore, and seeing as though I was down in Melbourne for the Formula 1, the usual Melbourne parkrun mecca of Albert Park was not available (something about the course being used by the cars or something?) so I had to look to find another place to do my tourism. But which one to choose? There were 3 or 4 different options and I quite honestly couldn’t choose because I had a hire car with me and they all looked to be a similar distance away from where I was staying.
So a month or so before I was due to travel I emailed all the Melbourne parkruns to ask the same questions – ‘Are you still on?’, ‘How far away are you from where I am staying?’ and ‘Do you have any special events planned for the Formula 1 weekend?’. This is where I have to give credit to all of the parkrun teams down there because they all replied to me answering my questions and even having a bit of an auction over which course should host me! During conversations it became obvious that Highlands was the closest event to me and the other teams suggested that I should go there for my run, which I thought was very sporting of them and definitely in the parkrun spirit of things!
I was not disappointed in the slightest with my choice of course, even though the event team were small and their turnouts were too, it was a very welcoming environment and there was also quite a few runners who normally run Albert Park turn up too. I was there plenty early enough to chat to the team and most of the runners so I got to get a real personal feel of the event, which was great! At the end the team put on a healthy selection of water and various fruits to welcome all the tourists and to celebrate the fact that we found out that we had broken the course’s record attendance that morning (by 1) – a record that had stood for over 6 months! I like to think that I was the one that made the difference, without me they would have only equaled their record 😉
From the start line at the side of the cafe, you run up the main path and do a small loop to the left round the boardwalk at the side of the lake before starting on the main lap when you come back past the start line facing the other way. You then run past the fountains and start the loop around the lake for approx 1km before crossing a small ‘bridge’ path at the north-side of the lake. Once you cross this path, you turn left through a small park/gardens area and out onto the pavement at the side of the road for a short distance before coming back into the park and approaching the lakeside at the point where you did the first small loop. You then follow the embankment round again until you reach the location of the start/finish line before you start again for another 2 laps of the larger lap. You pass the finish line in the opposite way to which you started, heading towards the end of the boarding overlooking the lake.
- Time: 25:31
- Place: 18/38
- Gender Place: 18
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 1
- Age Graded Score: 50.56%
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