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Balyang Sanctuary Park Run

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On the 5th December from 8.00am to 9.00am you are invited to a FREE weekly, timed 5 kilometre running event. The "parkrun" event will be held at Balyang Sanctuary, 50 Marnock Road, Geelong, Victoria. (Balyang Sanctuary is located next to the Barwon River, at the bottom of Shannon Avenue.) This is a regular event that runs every Saturday.

The parkrun events are a way to get out and about, to have fun and to do your own thing, at your own pace. There are no barriers to taking part in a parkrun. Park-runners come in all forms, so you can jog or run, walk, bring your dog on a lead, or push your children in a pram. From toddlers taking their first steps, through to Olympians, anybody can attend this event.

Current updates from the Balyang Sanctuary parkrun. There was a competition for people who attended parkrun in November 2015. The prize was an entry into the Bellarine Sunset run on Saturday February 13th 2016. The prize was won by Debbie Verikios. Her entry allows her to enter the 10km or 21km Bellarine Sunset run on the Bellarine Peninsula, Portarlington / St Leonards Trail. So you can even win prizes at the Free parkrun at Balyang Sanctuary.
parkrun at Balyang Sanctuary, Geelong
Photo credited to parkrun website

Also from the Balyang Sanctuary parkrun, in November 2015, 24 participants recorded their personal bests on Novemer 28th at Balyang Sanctuary. There were 136 park-runners in attendance, with 14 first timers, and visitors from Sydney.

In December 2015, there will be a parkrun event on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. There will also be the usual Saturday parkruns during the Christmas holidays.
parkrun at Balyang Sanctuary, Geelong
Photo credited to parkrun website


Please remember to bring your paper barcode. See your initial registration email for your barcode and for the weekly parkrun newsletter. Please bring a printed copy of the barcode. parkrun operates a "no barcode no result" policy, so if you don't bring your barcode you won't get a time or result. If you're chasing your personal best, then bringing your barcode ensures your time is recorded.

The Course at Balyang Sanctuary is 5000 metres or 5 kilometres long. The course runs through Balyang Sanctuary and is run on bitumen paths. Some sections of the track may be muddy after rain. Marshals should be at all key sections of the course (depending on availability) or signs will be in place. The parkrun uses shared paths, so please give way to other park users.

Please use public transport or walk, jog, cycle to this event. Or even consider using car sharing, so parkrun can reduce the impact on the environment and on other park users. Please watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Description

The course starst at the south end of Balyang Sanctuary next to the Barwon River. You can meet on the grass area at the end of the car park. The course starts at Balyang Sanctuary and heads west along the banks of the Barwon River. Then it turns at the Queenspark Bridge (this is the 2.5 km mark). The course then heads back east along the Barwon River and winds beneath the Shannon Avenue Bridge, back into Balyang Sanctuary.

Course Safety

The Balyang Sanctuary parkrun is a fun and free event organised by volunteers. In order to make the run as safe as possible please be considerate to other park users at all times. Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied throughout the run (within arm's reach) by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.

Please do consider volunteering to help occasionally. The event only survives because of the generosity of volunteers.

When running, take care on uneven surfaces. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildllife, park animals, and any other obstacles like fallen branches. Remember to warm up before the run.

Lecture time is over. Get down to Balyang Sanctuary on Saturday 5th December and have a run and record your personal best. See you there!

Welcome to parkrun. What is parkrun?

Parkrun organise free weekly timed runs all over the world. The runs are held in parkland on weekend mornings. Runs are open to all people - from the young to octogenerians, from first timers to Oympians, anybody and everybody is welcome.

Parkrun Countries - parkrun is being held all over the world and it may be running in your own area. To find out if it's in your country or state, and to find a local event click < a href = "">here.

Australia parkrun was launched in Australia at Main Beach on the Gold Coast on April 2nd 2011. There were 108 runners, including Ron Clarke, AO MBE, in attendance.

The parkrun events are FREE. They run over a 5 kilometre timed run. The event is safe and well organised, and open to everyone. There are volunteers to help you out on the day. Everybody is encouraged to participate.

View local events, and find out about the course close to you. You might even want to be a volunteer on the day. Any information about registering , entering the run and volunteering can be found on the parkrun website.

parkrun couldn't run or survive without volunteers or with official sponsorship deals. Sometimes the sponsors's representatives can be found at a parkrun event. parkrun celebrates their runners, and their sponsors, so please support the sponsors of your event.

You can register for a parkrun event at the event or you can register online. When you head to the event take your barcode with you if you've registered online.

Some interesting statistics about parkrun:

There are 12,130 events, the number of runners is 178,377, the number of runs is 1,496.746 and the number of locations is 148. There are other statistics you can view online. Personal bests, number of clubs, average run times, and more.

Victorian cities and towns participating include Altona Beach, Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Balyang Sanctuary, Diamond Creek, Hamilton, Inverloch, Jells, Sale, Point Cook, Phillip Island, Shepparton, Traralgon, Wangaratta, and Warragul to name a few.
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Why? for fitness, running in a lovely park, early morning workout
When: 8.00am to 9.00am
Where: 50 Marnock Road, Newtown Victoria 3220
Cost: free
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