Don't you run the same route each week? I'd blame GPS error if it's different week to week. Either that or maybe someone lopped the top off the "hill" at the end out of desperation.
Actually had to go slightly further up the hill at the end than last week but I suspect they put the turnaround in a slightly different spot each week. I'm sure the cones leading down to the path at the start vary a bit each week too. The week to week variations would be small but I think it is always at least 50m short and often closer to 100m.
Bloody volunteers. Actually someone commented on the Rockingham course yesterday being slightly short too but I don't know if that is due to the turnaround or relying on their GPS.
I know the Pioneer course doesn't change (well depends how much distance you cut out of the cones going around the lake) but I've had GPS variations of up to 300m there.
To balance this out, my home parkrun at Studley Park is always 80m too long (and hilly). I often travel further afield if I am after a proper 5000m time.
Hey, HidingControls hid his comment!
Bruce, I see "further afield" was in Adelaide last week. I happened to notice because I did Jubilee Way four days after you and you ran there three days after my friend Phil.
My home course is Pioneer but I wouldn't run there to try and get a 5k time. Although I've never had it come out at 5km, it has too much climb and too many twists and turns. Champion Lakes is my best chance to get a flat out 5km run though I'm likely to die of boredom on the way around.
Went to edit and retardedly deleted it - my bad, about as skilled with attackpoint as I am at orienteering.
Dunedin Parkrun is HARD
Hard because it's hilly or hard because there are approximately 1000 turns to try and follow ;-) Tash and I were in Dunedin in 2018 for the SIC (which you were also at) but we decided to do Hagley parkrun in Christchurch before we drove there (wouldn't have made it to Dunedin in time anyway). As you know the O course that day was in the botanic gardens where the parkrun is so I've probably covered much of the same ground, well the flat bit anyway.
2x 180 turns
2x bridge crossing with 90 and 90 degree turns
2x f.cking steep hill <- thats the real killer
ran 18:45 ish for a flat 5k recently and 20:30? for Parkrun
Not coming to Lonely Mtn or Sprint the Bay sadly. National and Queens Birthday are both in the north island this year.