When I heard that Campbelltown parkrun was starting, I was gutted that I was away for its inaugural – still chasing down an attendance at an inaugural after narrowly missing out on a few now!
However I was very glad it was still running and was able to get down for the 3rd event, especially as one of the ‘regular’ runners was celebrating his 50 that day and the event teams had written little messages along the course in chalk to congratulate him!
There was also one bitter-sweet moment at the run this morning too, unfortunately one of the runners fell and badly injured herself at the far end of the course, but word soon came to the event director who ran off to his car, sped to her and made sure she was okay. This twinned with a few runners who abandoned (or postponed) their run to ensure she was okay made me realise just how much parkrun brings people together and makes it into a great community with great people. Thankfully she was okay but it did serve to prove a very poignant point about parkrun in general!
To say the event was so much in its infancy, it was run as smoothly as if they had been doing it for years. The event team paid great attention to all the runners, chatting to most of them and even looking through the results in such detail at the end that they picked out that I was running my 27th different course in 27 runs, commenting that I probably won’t be back until I have ‘run them all’. You are probably right Campbelltown, but you never know, I may return as a volunteer one week.
The course is another out-and-back course, which I think is very inventive based on the location! The park in which it starts is very small but has a purpose-built running oval around the outside of it, and the organisers of this parkrun cleverly twinned the sports track with a track along the side of a small river in the creek through a tunnel from the park. Top marks for course design!
The course its-self starts next to a toilet/changing block on the south side of the park, a short walk from the car park. It starts on the running track and follows the track round the outside of the park until it nearly comes back on its-self and then it is a left turn through a small tunnel under the road. WARNING: Be careful at this point of other runners, dog walkers, etc as it is a very narrow tunnel and it would be quite easy to bump into someone else or fall into the creek. While the creek is not deep enough to cause any damage, you could easily sprain an ankle or worse if you fell off, so better to be careful and add a few seconds onto your time than to go gung-ho through the tunnel. Anyway, once through the tunnel it is pretty much straight forward until the turnaround, when you about turn in the path and come straight back the way you came. The whole run between the tunnel and the turnaround is very undulating, no big hill but constantly up and down on a shallow gradient. This can take its toll bearing in mind this stretch amounts to approx 2-2.5km. The finish line is in the same place as the start, but slightly off the track on the grass leading straight up a small hill once you have finished! It’s the only parkrun I have run that has their hill AFTER the finish 🙂
- Time: 26:43
- Place: 26/56
- Gender Place: 20
- 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: