Menai parkrun (47)


With my New Year Resolution this year being for me to finally get into the 50 Club and conclude my challenge, and spurred on with a self-inflicted deadline of achieving that by the middle of February in a rather significant location (no spoilers just yet), I set about picking up the easiest parkrun available to me – the last remaining Sydney parkrun at Menai.

Menai parkrun is one of a large number of parkruns in Australia that sound like they could be in the UK due to the very British place names, but Menai is unique in that it also takes place in a park with a Welsh name (Parc Menai) and even has a large red dragon emblazoned on the floor!

The course is also a hybrid of what I would class as a typical Australian parkrun and a typical UK parkrun because it is both an out-and-back AND it has laps, which has earned Menai parkrun the nickname of ‘High-Five Central’ in the local parkrun community.


Menai pakrun (47)

Menai pakrun (47)

You start on the grass near the rotunda next to the car park and children’s play area and run clockwise around the rotunda and the edge of the park until you reach near to the start again. You then follow the path out of the park and go round and up the ramp to the passenger bridge over the road.

The next part is naturally to come back down the ramp at the other side before running alongside the road opposite the park, following the turn in the road to the right. Shortly afterwards you reach another small right turn away from the road to reach the turn around point where you head straight back the way you came.

When you reach the Start/Finish line for the first time, you take a small right turn towards the turnaround to do the whole course for a second time. Make sure you don’t accidentally go through the Finish line otherwise you’ll have only completed 2.5km and will probably end up with a PB you will never manage to achieve again!


  • Time: 27:17
  • Place: 57/143
  • Gender Place: 46
  • Age Category Place (SM30-34): 5
  • Age Graded Score: 47.40%
  • Most Events Global Position: 313

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:


2 responses to “Menai parkrun (47)

  1. is the blue line your speed? Must be I suppose or else youd be running in the Alps. Interesting to see how much your speed goes up and down – you vary from 4m/km to 6min/km and then something like 3m20/km at the finish. My speed profiles are very much more consistent throughout. This could explain your incredible first km at Braunstone!

    • Yeah, I think it is, I know I am not consistent, not that great with pacing to be honest. Wish I were better at pacing, could lead to quicker times, although I always seem to find energy for a sprint finish for the last 500m or so, must come from a different tank!

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