Parkrun: Nepean River

On Saturday 22nd April I attended Nepean River Parkrun. It was my 55th Parkrun in total and the 6th different location I’ve visited.

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Last year I did all but one of my Parkruns at the same location. This year I want to attended a variety of locations and experience many different Parkruns. I usually alternate between two local Parkruns but every few weeks I’ll travel to a new Parkrun location. This week I attended Nepean River which is located at Jamison Avenue and Tench Reserve, Penrith.

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I found the course challenging as it was a mixture of concrete paths, grass and paths. I always find it so hard to run on grass and it really impacts the pace.  There were also some hills and up/down sections. This is the course description from Nepean River Parkrun website:

“The course starts from the shared pedestrian/cycle path parallel to Jamison Road, near Harris Street. It follows this path, heading west until the end of the shared path where bunting separates the route from a small car park. Stay to the right of the bunting, continue through a set of small bollards and onto the grass, before turning left to join a paved path. Continue along the path until you reach a marshal/sign where you will be directed onto a grass/cross country loop. After completing this loop, re-join the path and head east toward Nepean Ave. When you reach a marshal/sign, you will be directed onto another cross country loop. Complete the loop, re-join the path and head west toward Jamison Road. When you reach Jamsion Road, turn left onto the shared path and continue to the finish.”

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To put it into perspective my time was 24:06 and my best 5km time at a flat course is 22:44. Overall I prefer a faster course just on pathway, but it was still good to experience and try a new course. I’d like to run the course again one day.

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