You will already have realised that I love travel and being able to combine a run with it makes it twice as good. Even better than that is the chance to head back to a favourite spot and that was definitely the case as I headed to Warrnambool last night for their parkrun launch today. Also felt quite pleased that it’s my 70th parkrun and 25th different location – still a long way to go to tick off all the events in the state!
The course begins at the Lake Pertobe adventure playground which is easy to find, has plentiful parking, toilets and shelter. This latter item will, no doubt, come in handy in future months as Warrnambool is not generally known for its fantastic weather. However today, no shelter was needed as we were treated to an absolutely perfect morning – blue skies, sunshine, no wind and warm enough to not require a jacket on our walk down to the start from the nearby caravan park.
The welcome and briefing was done and we gathered for a group shot – essential for a launch event. Very promptly, we were then on the start line and off and running. This parkrun begins with a run across the grass and down towards the lake before heading over the bridge and onto a gravel path. Having a wide space across the grass meant that, despite there being over 200 parkrunners there today, I didn’t feel crowded as we all had room to find our own pace before funnelling down onto the path. The surface was great – very easy on the feet. Most importantly, the course is gorgeous – running around the lake and surrounded by nature and greenery. Added to that, I was running and chatting with a friend which made the time and kilometres tick by and we were soon turning around and heading back towards the finish.
The event volunteers were friendly and encouraging as were our fellow parkrunners and walkers – there was a huge mix of people, speeds and ages which was wonderful and everyone just seemed to be having fun.
Within a five minute walk is the best breakfast venue you could imagine – Simons Waterfront with its stunning views and delicious food.
We then topped off a great morning with a trip home along the Great Ocean Road, making the most of the magical weather.
Congratulations to all at Warrnambool parkrun – you’ve achieved a great launch and have all the ingredients for a wonderful parkrun. Will definitely be tempted to come back and visit this one again 🙂