Maitland parkrun (42)

8 MORE TO GO…

This weekend I was intending to head to Blackbutt parkrun with my now usual bunch of parkrun tourists but due to circumstances outside of our control we switched to Maitland at the last-minute and I have to say I was not remotely disappointed with this as Maitland is up there with the best organised parkruns I have been to! The event team were setup with a PA system and microphone for their pre-event briefing, a table fully laid out with all the equipment and tokens ready, and a flag area setup as a meeting point for new runners and tourists.

Even though this morning was a bit ‘fresh’, it actually added to the day and gave it a bit of a sense of occasion as it meant there was a crispness in the air and the fog was hanging low over the top of the lake. Trying not to sound too poetic about it as I can’t thank the event team or parkrun for that, but it really did add to the day.

THE COURSE:

Maitland parkrun (42)

Maitland parkrun (42)

This course is pretty much run completely round the lake at the former Walka Water Works in Maitland and starts at the edge of the lake closest to the car park entrance. From there you pretty much follow a trail surface around the banks of the lake, zigzagging the way round until you reach a locked gate at 2.5km in. There are two small turns you have to make, one once you cross a small wooden bridge at the end of the first long straight, and the other once you cross over a miniature railway line, but these are very well-marked with cones and make sense if you always consider you want to be on the path closest to the lake. After you reach the halfway mark, you turn around right where you are and head back exactly the same way to the finish in the same place as the start line. This course is probably one of the simplest I have known, would be difficult to get lost on this one!

RUN DETAILS:

  • Time: 30:20
  • Place: 119/217
  • Gender Place: 85
  • Age Category Place (SM25-29): 7
  • Age Graded Score: 42.58%
  • Most Events Global Position: 286

Full details of my run can be found here:
https://www.strava.com/activities/333640594

And full details of the results from this parkrun can be found here:
http://www.parkrun.com.au/maitland/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=85

LINKS:

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

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

Information on the park can be found here:
http://www.maitland.nsw.gov.au/Tourism/Walka

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