We have had a wonderful time in Sydney. We stayed near the beach with friends for a month and spent many hours running along coastal paths exploring the cliffs and beaches that appear around every corner on this magnificent Pacific coast. One beautiful morning was spent running from Clovelly to Bondi and back with lots of hills in between, finished off with a jump into the sea for a spot of snorkelling and a dive through crystal waters to see all of the colourful marine life. Another nice run is the opposite way, South along the coastal path to Coogee and beyond. I also made use of Centennial park which is inland towards the city, a favourite spot for Sydney runners, a lovely leafy park oval, 4k round with horses trotting along side.
We also ran a 10k called the Sun Run. Another beach side run which follows the hilly roads between two Northern beaches, Dee-why and Manly. After an early wake up at 4.30, the earliest I think I have ever got up for a run (or anything for that matter!) we set off as the sun rose at 6. When we finished alongside the beach in Manly, we took off our shoes and jumped straight in the surf to cool down. Out of 2843 runners I was 53rd in 40:18 Kathleen was 166th female finishing strongly in 51:47
Now back in Brisbane, another month of running ended well with a 1stplace for me and a 19th for Kathleen at Bunyaville parkrun in Brisbane in a trail 5k. 100 people turned out to run this young parkrun. Only in its 13th week, Bunyaville is growing in popularity due to a friendly atmosphere, beautiful quiet tracks through the bush and very challenging elevation. To give you an idea of the hills lets say it is relentlessly undulating, with parts of twisting single track, a bit like riding your own roller coaster! Very fun.
We have now done three parkruns in Brisbane and we have enjoyed the different challenges each one brings.
Last time we were here we ran New Farm Park, which is a flat road 5k. A big parkrun in the centre of town with 300+ runners. It runs on boardwalks along the Brisbane river next to parks and luxury apartments, again out and back but this time quite flat. We both ran well here on a not too hot morning of around 24 degrees at 7am! I came in 4th in 18.30 and Kathleen was 11thlady and 85thoverall in 24.29 a really good start to 2014.
We met up with the Bunyaville Trail Runners for an evening run this week again. We ran 8K run through the Bunyaville National Park, it was free to anyone, we just turned up and joined in, we were very warmly welcomed, It was a challenging trail run with plenty of elevation and plenty of breaks to catch your breath and have a chat before the next hill. Here is their website, anyone who is in Brisbane looking to meet people for a run should really hook up with them.
After running trails again this week I am tempted to try out a longer mountain race, there are many round here that look like a different challenge and really enjoyable with fantastic views and sights along the way.