6 MORE TO GO…
Another weekend away, another new parkrun course. This time I headed up to the Blue Mountains just outside of Sydney with a few parkrun friends to take in the course up at Lawson.
This even launched on 3rd January this year and unfortunately I was in no state to go to the inaugural due to only having my shoulder surgery 2 weeks previous and I have to say I was genuinely gutted about that because this is set on a trail surface which is arguably my favourite kind of running surface and I have enjoyed decent times at similar courses in the past! This weekend however was not one of those times – I had been suffering with breathing difficulties for a few weeks and was just unable to shake it, so approx 1.5km into the run I had to slow down and take it easy as I just wasn’t getting enough oxygen in. I still finished the course, however I took it easy (no point making your self worse for a free run) and it officially became my slowest genuine parkrun (excluding the times I walked and ran at other people’s paces).
It is such a shame that I was not able to do myself justice on this course, I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would have loved to have a full on crack at it, but sadly that won’t be the case. This is definitely one of the times when only doing a course once will leave a slightly bitter taste in my mouth.
As always, the event team were fantastic and even consisted of quite a few children, which was nice to see them getting involved with the whole aspect of volunteering, event organising, public speaking and just getting the whole ethos – parkrun really is great for children when you think about it, and not just for the exercise and getting outdoors!
On a side note, today was also the day that the number of Australian courses that I have completed overtook the number of UK courses that I have completed!
The course is a completely trail course on the edges of the Blue Mountains and as such is very undulating on a rocky track. It is also a bit of a 4-pronged out-and-back course that is difficult to explain but makes sense as you run it. You start on a small area of grass next to a small car park and head out directly away from the road onto the rocky path, which you follow round to your left for approx 0.5km before turning round and heading back to where you came from.
Once you reach the open grass area near the start again you take a left hand turn round back onto another rocky path until you reach a small creek. You pass through the shallow creek (don’t try to jump it, the surface is uneven and you could easily fall or slip and injure yourself) and head up the largest incline on the course, keeping to the left all the way up. When you reach the top of the hill you keep to your left at the T-junction and head downhill for approx 300m before doing a small loop around some scrub and heading back towards the junction again.
When you reach the T-junction, this time you carry on straight and continue running, again for about 300m, until you reach a gate at which you again turn around and head back to the T-junction again. Upon reaching the junction for a third time, you turn left and head back down the path the same way you came and down the hill towards the open grass area near the start. After about 250m down the hill you do another quick out-and-back section on your left (only about 100m this time) before resuming your descent and over the creek for a second time.
This time, once you reach the open grass area near the start line, you keep to your right and go back up the first out-and-back section for a second time before heading back to the start/finish line for a quick sprint finish over the grass if you have any energy left.
- Time: 31:44
- Place: 17/43
- Gender Place: 11
- Age Category Place (SM25-29): 3
- Age Graded Score: 40.70%
- Most Events Global Position: 281
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:
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Information on the park can be found here: