This morning, despite Sydney Public Transport’s insistence on making it difficult for me (trains were cancelled due to trackwork and the bus was late), I headed over to the new Cooks River parkrun to take part in only their 6th event and to pick up my 37th different course.
The parkrun itself has risen almost as a ‘child’ of the nearby St Peters parkrun, with the event team coming from St Peters regulars from the past few years. Obviously having taken part in such a well organised larger event for some time had its advantages as the team here were like a well oiled machine and showed experience well beyond their number of events. They even had a warm-up person before the run, which is definitely an idea that came from St Peters as they also do the same each week too, and not many other events do this.
The course is what I call a ‘traditional’ Australian course, in that it is an out-and-back, but I think this is the first DOUBLE out-and-back (or out-and-back-and-out-and-back) course that I have seen.
It starts in the Saint Mary MacKillop Reserve, which is a less than 5 minute walk from Canterbury train station. From the start you head diagonally across the grass and path towards the tree-lined path alongside the Cooks River, from where the course takes its name. Be careful in this first section though as there are a lot of small celebratory plinths for local Olympians, and if you aren’t paying attention they most definitely pose a trip hazard, although the event team were very good in making sure people knew about it and were careful.
After 0.5km you cross a small bridge before taking a small chicane-like corner to the left and then carrying on alongside the river. Then between about 1km and 1.5km is the only real incline in the course, and even then it is only a small one that you have the pleasure of coming down the other way very shortly afterwards.
The turnaround point is a small loop around a couple of trees and a small grass area before joining the path again to head straight back the way you came. The route back is the same as the way out, however the only other thing to note is that the second turnaround near the start/finish line is slightly off to the side of the start line where you loop around a small paved seating area and raised sign before doing it all the same again for a second ‘lap’.
- Time: 28:04
- Place: 54/82
- Gender Place: 46
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 4
- Age Graded Score: 46.02%
- Most Events Global Position: 292
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: