Some members of our running club don’t half get about and recently Steve Wilby has been flying the QRC flag in Australia. The Parkrun phenomenon is slowly taking over the world, reaching as far as Albert Park in Melbourne, where Steve ran last weekend. This is not, I hasten to add, Albert Parkrun in Middlesborough, but somewhere much more exotic.
The course is just over one full lap of the lake on a loose, gravelly surface and is only a stone’s throw away from where the Australian Grand Prix is held. Steve powered his way to a time of 26:26, earning him 148th position out of 331 participants.
On the following day, Steve went on to complete the Spring into Shape 10K, which is a 2-lap course surrounding the River Yarra. The path runs down one side of the river, crossing over a bridge, up the other side and over another bridge and back to the start and repeat. Unusually, there were many more ladies than men running, with organisers providing separate results for male and female. Steve achieved a great time of 54:29 for 62nd place out of 102 men and there were 172 ladies. Temperatures were in the high 20s, but luckily much of the course was shaded.
The question is: where will he find himself next?