Only a week after retaking my bow back into the world of parkrun whilst volunteering, this week was the first run back since injury, and where better to do it than not only a new course but a new country also!
I had a holiday planned to New Zealand for months and it went without saying that I planned to do a parkrun whilst I was there, however since the injury and operation this parkrun became my goal. It was the one I wanted to be back for and was to be my first run, so exactly 9 weeks since the operation I am glad to say that I have recovered enough to take part!
This parkrun is set in the beautiful Cornwall Park which is just 10 minutes outside of Auckland City Centre and is oddly one of the most quintessentially English parks I’ve ever run in! It even out-Englands some of the English parkruns! For the briefest of moments you could have told me that I was actually back home and nothing would have given me any indication otherwise. Even the weather was like a cool breezy summers day back in the UK 🙂
Being the first run back, it was never going to be quick, but with the help of my partner (who ran her first ever parkrun today!) we both finished in a very respectable time indeed!
The course is an Aussie-style out-and-back which starts on the grass next to the bandstand and heads away towards a tree-lined avenue which runs alongside the road from the main entrance to the park. After reaching the gates to the park, the course then turns and approaches the South side of the bandstand where you started before carrying on past winding the way towards one of the car parks.
At this car park, you carefully and safely mind the cars and cross the road to reach another tree-lined avenue at the other side of the park, which you follow again until you reach the top of a hill. From here you then get a nice little downhill section for about half a kilometre before reaching the turnaround.
With it being an out and back, the second half of the course is nice and simple, you just head back exactly the way you came! Obviously that means starting with an uphill section, but it’s not quite as bad as other hills I’ve encountered in the parkrun world so that’s okay. There is only one section of the return trip that wasn’t on the outwards section, just at the top of the hill, which is a very small loop round a couple of trees and a section of grass where it seems all the birds graze, but it’s only a small detour and you’re soon back on the return course towards the big finish in front of the bandstand again!
- Time: 37:47
- Place: 190/214
- Gender Place: 109
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 7
- Age Graded Score: 34.19%
- Most Events Global Position: 305
Full details of my run can be found here:
And full details of the results from this parkrun can be found here:
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Information on the park can be found here: