Today I completed my first ‘parkwalk’ rather than parkrun, due to a broken collarbone sustained while running a couple of weeks ago. The injury forced me to make a decision about still turning up and walking rather than running or not turning up at all, and I have to say I don’t feel any worse for having not run today! Obviously the draw of a new course in a city I probably won’t be coming back to was more of a factor than the pain I’m in, I just couldn’t miss the opportunity!
This course is fantastic for sightseeing though, so walking allowed me to really take in everything around me, and given that it was the early morning on the first day of my weekend away it also allowed me to get my bearings and work out what there was to do later on!
Today was also the first time I’ve taken part since the partnership of parkrun and Strava, so it also gave me chance to try out Strava without worrying that I wouldn’t get my run tracked properly. Obviously it worked great and I shall be switching over to Strava for all my parkrunning from now on!
The course is a one-lap tarmac course that hugs either side of the Brisbane River. It starts from the artificial ‘Streets Beach’ in the South Bank Parklands and sets off on the Bicentennial Bikeway down towards the Maritime Museum.
When you get near to the museum, you loop round and head over the bridge to join the Bikeway on the opposite side of the river. From here you follow the river round until you reach a bridge with a blue-chequered design called the GoBetween Bridge, and head up and over to get back onto the original side of the river.
Once over the river, you loop back from the bridge back down towards the riverside and head back towards the start, passing the State Library, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Wheel of Brisbane and finally the Parklands until you reach the finish on the grass area in front of the aforementioned inland beach.
This is a great course for sightseeing and for making a day of as the South Bank area near the Start/Finish is home to lots of great cafés and restaurants and the beach and park areas are great for a day out do families.
- Time: 48:41
- Place: 248/270
- Gender Place: 146
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 11
- Age Graded Score: 26.50%
- Most Events Global Position: 284
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: