Tuesday, 15 January 2013

The longest parkrun

Lake Eden in North Lakes is home to various wildlife such as swans ducks turtles fish and birds.
It is also the venue of the North Lakes parkrun, the first of seven 5-kilometre runs that make up the inaugural longest parkrun in Australia. A few weeks ago, I tagged along with a couple of friends just to look around and take some photos. I remember joining a fun run in North Lakes before.

The open coast line of Moreton bay from Nudgee to Caboolture running through Shorncliffe Sandgate and Brighton is called Warra by the indigenous Turrbal people.
The Warra foreshore is home to the Sandgate parkrun, host of the second of seven parkruns. The breezy Sandgate foreshore is a popular venue for running, walking cycling, picnics and other recreational activities.

New Farm parkrun was the first in Australia. It has been good for encouraging many people to take up running and improve their general health and well-being. So many have fallen into the joys of the running mistress.

Southbank parklands in South Brisbane on the beautiful Brisbane river is third on the list of the longest parkrun.
I remember running in Southbank a couple of times before, and enjoyed the wonderful scenery while treading on the pathways abutting the river. 

5. Wynnum
Wynnum on Moreton bay.

This is also now the venue for the bayside twilight running festival, and of course the Wynnum parkrun.

From the coast, the runners ran to the hills in Upper Coomera.

  Runners said that this was the most 'hilly' of the seven parkruns.
 I looked around.
 Maybe that hill was just their imagination?

For the seventh official final run the parkrunners went from the mountains back to the sea in Main Beach on the Gold Coast.

 Back in Upper Coomera, someone did a poll of people who were crazy. Three runners put their hands up.
These three mighty (or crazy) runners opted to go interstate for an eighth run in Kingscliffe NSW. Super effort that! And so too all the hundreds who took part in the longest parkrun. Good work to all who ran any number from one to eight plus runs.

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