Ouch - I am so glad you've given it a go and especially to experience the atmosphere. On a cooler day yes it would be better. But there are a few parkruns that would afford you a MUCH nicer suite of scenery. We actually were going to do it next week prior to the Rogaine NSW Volunteers Thank You gathering but the course description really put me off. Sure if you are intent on a fast time and only look "at the ground" then it might suit. But if you are of a mind I'm thinking Adelaide has some much more scenic runs. I think there is one that goes under a waterfall (remembering messEng's comments). First time I was worried about "would I be last?" but you would never have need of that thought and that is quite a respectable time especially with the conditions.
Much as I hate the 6:30 wake up on a Saturday I love the 9:00 over and done with. Every parkrun I've been to - about 14 or so - the crowd is very supportive and friendly - to all abilities. OK no PM afterwards about route choice but it certainly serves a purpose. Talked to another volunteer today - woman about 23 - lost 15kg in 12 months. Wasn't a runner - started by walking - now a "runner" so thankful for parkrun "family".
And Happy Anniversary!
Technically that's tomorrow. But we did go out for a nice romantic Italian dinner tonight before coming back to the hotel to watch some amazing tennis...
Sounds like you'd be hard-pressed to find a less scenic parkrun than that. (One nice one I've seen in my travels is an out-and-back on the rail trail at Timboon).
Yes the tennis was amazing - a truly great Final. I think Caroline won it 53%:47%. Such good shot making.
Gawd, that's almost a more boring course than Champion Lakes over here....
...and then went looking for better ones nearby, and the nearest is Penrith Lakes which is a carbon copy of Champion. Apparently Western Sydney is the home of crap parkruns. o_O
I'm certainly not keen to do the Western Sydney Marathon which goes around and around Penrith Lakes (the 2000 Olympic rowing venue) but it would be better than the Westlink marathon which follows the bike path alongside the M7 motorway. BTW, that one is NOT flat!