Well, you wait ages for one inaugural and two come along at once!
This one was a little smaller and more personal so it was very different to last week, but no worse for it. Just goes to prove that no matter how big or small, the parkrun spirit is the same across all events!
Another great event with a great event team, I am sure that this parkrun is in very good hands with them and will continue to go strength to strength, well done all!
On approach to the course there is plenty of parking (room for over 1000 cars apparently!) so my one tip would be to make sure you drive all the way down to the bottom of the car park and park on the grass, otherwise you have quite a walk to the start! The course starts on a boardwalk at the entrance to the Mt Penang Gardens and heads straight off into a maze (tight paths all over the place) so you can’t take your eye off the ball for one minute otherwise you could end up running completely the wrong way (with it being an inaugural and having a last-minute course change, a few people did go wrong a few times because no-one knew the course!) The course is very well signed on posts, cones and spray-painted on the floors and with marshals dotted around the course though, so credit for the team for doing their best to make sure the course is clear, I am sure this will be easier to marshal and make sure people don’t go astray in the future. After you leave the ‘maze’, it opens up and you exit through a gate into some fields and run round the outside of the gardens (and even past a horse field, pretty sure this is the first horse I have known to live in a parkrun course?!) You then run through a small village (I believe this is holiday accommodation) and out past the car park to the top of the park. Once you reach the top it is a quick turnaround and straight back the exact way you came to the finish (having to navigate the ‘maze’ a second time). The finish is in the same position as the start, which is great because the bridge and boardwalk create a natural funnel for the runners to come through. The scanning is then done on the exist gates, so a great way to try to make sure they keep their tokens 🙂
- Time: 28:27
- Place: 26/71
- Gender Place: 19
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 4
- Age Graded Score: 45.34%
- Most Events Global Position: 223
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:
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Information on the park can be found here: