Bowral parkrun (38)

This morning I could have been forgiven for thinking I was at an English parkrun again because the whole morning felt like I was back at home…

For starters my road trip was courtesy of a traditional London Black Cab and when we arrived in Bowral there was a very thick and low misty fog, not to mention it was as cold as I think I have felt in Australia with the temperature being only in single figures! Unlike Cornwall Park a couple of weeks ago this felt English purely because it was miserable weather!

However it didn’t distract from the run at all, in fact it made it a little easier with it not being so hot and was arguably perfect running conditions.

As for the event itself, the team were great and very well organised. Even if they were without a team of marshals for an event in the future I am sure that they would still be okay as the course was very well signposted at each turn. As it happens though they had plenty of volunteers today, including two photographers!

Oh, and the two guys I travelled with from Sydney were tourists from St Peters parkrun who managed to lock out the top two positions with a one-two finish! The first time either of them had finished so high, with one of them achieving a PB in the process!

With this course being held in a place called Bong Bong Common though, I would have loved to have seen this being called Bong Bong parkrun 🙂

THE COURSE:

Bowral parkrun (38)

Bowral parkrun (38)

With the weather today, it was a little difficult to get the full feel of the general course and surrounding area, however I thankfully was still able to see more than enough directly in front of me to get round.

The course here is another straight forward traditional Australian out-and-back. It starts in a field just a short walk away from the side of the inn, and from the start you follow a mown grass path for approx 0.5km before turning right and joining a tarmac cycleway. You then wind your way along the cycleway for approx 2km before reaching the turnaround point and heading straight back the way you came.

The rest of the track is the same as on the way out, with the exception of a cheeky little hill just before the finish line, which is about 100m closer to the inn than the start and just underneath a small archway.

RUN DETAILS:

  • Time: 26:09
  • Place: 22/77
  • Gender Place: 18
  • Age Category Place (SM25-29): 2
  • Age Graded Score: 49.39%
  • Most Events Global Position: 284

Full details of my run can be found here:
https://www.strava.com/activities/267637324

And full details of the results from this parkrun can be found here:
http://www.parkrun.com.au/bowral/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=25

LINKS:

The Facebook page for the course is:
https://www.facebook.com/bowralparkrun

And the Course Information page on the parkrun website is:
http://www.parkrun.com.au/bowral/course/

Information on the park can be found here:
http://www.bongbongcommon.org.au/home/

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