As predicted, new parkrun courses are becoming harder to come by nowadays, but this weekend I took my partner to the Hunter Valley Wine Region to celebrate our anniversary of moving to Australia and it would have been rude to not pick up a new course while I was there!
I awoke early and drove the short trip to Singleton to take part in this relatively new course on only their 10th event, but to say they have not been running very long they still showed exactly the right level of organisation, enthusiasm and professionalism that I have encountered at every parkrun I have ever been to. As usual I arrived a little earlier than most people so that I could make sure I could find where to go for the start, but it’s very easy in this park as you can see the whole park from the car park and the little parkrun flags stick out like a welcoming Mecca to all parkrunners!
The course even boasts a run the ‘Worlds Largest Sundial’ as a section of the course – possibly the first ‘Worlds Largest’ anything I have encountered at a parkrun? Definitely something to be proud of!
The course is a little odd in that it seems to be both a lapped course AND an out-and-back. I say this because it is a direct out-and-back 2.5km but the turnaround is basically next to the start/finish area so it looks a bit like a normal lapped course but you just change direction halfway round!
The run itself starts on a grass strip at the top end of the netball courts, near the cricket nets and from the start you run the 100m or so towards the perimeter to join the cycle path along the outside of the park. After 100m or so, you join the cycle path and follow it to the left towards the corner of the park before again turning left. You then pass the afore-mentioned ‘Worlds Largest Sundial’ before nipping down the small banking to avoid the car park and coming back up to meet the cycle path again. From there you then follow the cycle path to the end at the bottom of the park before turning back on yourself and running round the perimeter of the small field at the bottom, across a small gravel path between fields and then down towards the side of the river. You then run basically alongside the river until you reach the turnaround and head back along the exact same route back towards the finish line.
The course is quite undulating and felt punishing in the heat as there is little shade from the elements on most of the course, so be sure to apply lots of sunblock and take some water with you if you can!
- Time: 26:36
- Place: 20/137
- Gender Place: 19
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 5
- Age Graded Score: 48.50%
- Most Events Global Position: 278
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: