The trip was fairly easy - inbound via the Eastern Fwy, onto Macarthur Rd and past the zoo, a right after passing through Royal Park to get onto Flemington Rd, a left to get onto Maribyrnong Rd and then a right immediately after crossing the Maribyrnong River to get to the recommended parking at the local pub, the Anglers Tavern. Crossing Maribyrnong Road as a pedestrian is very easy as there's an underpass from the pub that follows the river, and the path takes you towards some familiar looking parkrun flags (and less familiar Maribyrnong Active ones!)
|A three-dimensional view of the Maribyrnong parkrun course - mostly flat except for the hill near the start (and near the end!)|
Image created with Veloviewer.
It was a very cloudy morning, so I didn't pay too much attention to the lack of sun cover for most of the run - although it was nice to run through the section along Pipemakers Park as there was so much shelter from the trees. Aside from a lack of kilometre-markings, it was really nice course along the western bank of the Maribyrnong River.
|In case you're wondering, yes, that's the hill.|
|The Maribyrnong Road underpass back to the pub. The cones in the foreground are part of parktun, and help finishers find the barcode scanner.|
My parkrunAfter last week's failed hit out, I decided to have another crack at a fast parkrun and ended up improving my parkrun best from 24:50 (that time I went hard around Highlands in May, but didn't expect a PB) to 24:23! My pacing was a bit off as I bolted at the start in order to make my own space and settle into a pace (4:41, 4:48, 4:48, 4:52, 4:47), but I am happy that all the splits were sub-5:00.
I'm now trying to have a super-easy week so that I can be well-rested for Sunday! McMillan Running suggests that my 24:23 parkrun equates to a 50:38 10km - while that means 5:03 splits, I'm going to try and settle into 5:05 next weekend. Wish me luck!