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Wednesday, 1 January 2014
Parkrun - a walk in the park
Parkruns are run in various parks and places from the mountains to the seaside. In Australia there are parkruns on the mountains, hills, valleys and next to the oceans, seafronts and beaches, rivers, lakes, brooks and forests and others. It is a wonderful way of touring the out-of-the-way places that are often more interesting than popular tourist destinations. In 2013 I put on my travelling shoes for a parkrun tour.
North Lakes parkrun comprises three laps around Lake Eden. Indeed the lake is so beautiful that you have to go around it not once, not twice, but three times to truly enjoy its features. My parkrun tour commenced here in January. I think.
The Mitchelton course is an out and back course following the Kedron Brook bikeway. Commencing from Teralba park in Osborne Road, it heads east to the turning point outside the sporting fields of Everton Park high school, just past the South Pine Road bridge.
The first trail parkrun in Australia is a challenging course across rough ground. Bunyaville parkrun starts in James Drysdale reserve then gets onto a gravel path and then up a dirt single track into Bunyaville forest. The forest track is a beautiful winding rolling trail with enough downhill and uphill and flats to test every runner of every ability and age and running orientation (sprinter or climber, downhill daredevil or bitumen or road racer or trail runner). There's a creek crossing, biking and horsing, snake crossing, spiders crossing, koala crossing, and wallaby crossing, but no zebra crossing.
More pictures below from various parkruns.
You can guess where the photos were taken, but there's no prizes.
I think this is swan lake parkrun.
Once I encountered a parkrunner running with a mistress.
This is obviously the Arthur Davis parkrun. Huh?
The citycat parkrun.
Parkruns in Queensland are held everywhere from the far north
to all the way south of the border in Mexico.
There are many other parkruns in Southeast Queensland. I have visited Wynnum, Upper Coomera and Main Beach too in recent times. I tend to just follow the crowd, such as when some parkrunners did the first ever longest parkrun.
I picked up a copy of my local weekly rag the other day and found this article about Bunyaville parkrun.