After completing my 50th parkrun at my 50th different event a few weeks ago, I have been asked by numerous people about what I will do now. The answer has been a fairly simple one – carry on doing it to 100 parkruns at 100 different events. So consider this week to be number 1 again in a long slog for another 50!
When the event launched at The Terrace 7 weeks ago, it set a new launch attendance record for Australia with just under 700 people turning up. Thankfully there was a much more manageable 250 today which meant I was able to get a feel for the ‘real’ event rather than the hype of a new launch with all its tourists and the event team not being quite in their own rhythm just yet. There were still a few nerves and niggles as the event team accidentally introduced us to Newy parkrun in the briefing (without knowledge as I’m sure no-one picked them up on it, old habits must be hard to break) but let that little slip up take nothing away because the whole team of volunteers were fantastic, they all had big smiles on their faces and were high-fiving all the runners as they came past. The tail runner even had a tail, which I know is not the first time I’ve seen that at an event, but it is the biggest tail I have seen as it was a huge green and yellow dinosaur tail!
At the end of the run, I was presented with my 50 shirt from one of my fellow tourists after it had arrived last week. Knowing how long some people wait for their shirt sometimes, I am very happy that I received mine while I was still on 50 runs!
This course is a little difficult to categorise really, it looks and feels like an out-and-back-and-out-and-back course because you fun from the start to a turnaround, head back to another turnaround, then the same again. But at the same time it is also like an exceptionally thin pinched two-lapper because the course heading out and coming back is slightly on separate paths with only a couple of sections where you run on the same bit both ways. There is an argument for both, but I think I will go for it being a two-lap style course, the distance between the runners in the two different directions is larger than either side of a large path at most times.
The start is next to the bandstand and toilet block in Riverside Park, from there you follow the river keeping it on your left. Approx 0.5 km in you have a very small but steep gravel hill to climb to join the path before carrying on to the turnaround point just past Fitzgerald Bridge. After turning around you head back along the path, carrying on past the small gravel hill before heading down a small grass hill a bit further along. When you then reach the park again, you follow the path round to the left rather than heading back down the grass at the start. You follow this path past the bandstand and start line to the end, before turning around and heading back towards the start line for your second lap.
On the final lap, the only difference is that once you have gone around the final turnaround, you follow the path to the left and not to the right, and the finish funnel is just before the start line on the right-hand side. You need to have your wits about you at this point, don’t go down the right on your first lap otherwise you will be finishing very quickly after 2.5km, and don’t go down the left on your last lap otherwise you will be heading back out for another lap having not crossed the finish line!
- Time: 27:12
- Place: 49/00
- Gender Place: 38
- Age Category Place (SM30-34): 2
- Age Graded Score: 47.55%
- Most Events Global Position: 294
Full details of my run can be found here:
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Information on the park can be found here: