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Join in this fun run of seven parks
Running is not for everyone, however, it is great to give it a try, even if you do not normally spend a lot of time running. This running event is the 4th Annual Longest Run Sydney. It will be held on Sunday 9th June 2018, which is the June long weekend.
This is a free event that has been held elsewhere around Australia for several years now and it has now been held 3 times before here. It will be held at the East Richmond parkrun, Hawkesbury Valley way, Richmond.
Longest Run Sydney will allow runners to run up to 7 parkrun courses on one of the shortest daylight days of the year - of course, this is Winter Solstice... or close enough to it.
These are the proposed times. They are usually slightly late as the day progresses. Organisers ask that you advise them if you are not coming to the next run as they tend to wait for everyone before starting.
There is absolutely no requirement to run all 7 parkruns… you can do any number you wish - if you are a novice at running you may just want to do one or two!
Closer to the event, organisers will hold a poll, asking you how many runs you're planning on doing so that they can estimate numbers.
Alternatively, it is quite okay to just turn up for one of the meal breaks.
Carpooling is highly recommended where possible.
All of the runs will be parkrun freedom runs.
There will be no official results sent and those runs which you have finished will not go towards your parkrun run counts.
Each event will run as follows:
Flags/cones will be used to highlight the start/finish area. Apart from this, there will be very little set up in terms of course marking and the like.
Before running each parkrun, a volunteer will explain about the course to people who are not familiar with it.
All runners will self-time. Your times will not be recorded by volunteers. Each parkrun has been allocated some 50 minutes to ensure that there is enough time to get through all 7 courses and that you are not running in the dark. On this day dusk is at 5.21 pm.
It would be a good idea if all runners who have finished the course could wait and cheer on the last runners before going on to the next location
Organisers have spent quite a bit of time looking at the parkruns in the Sydney area and have selected the seven. These could be covered in less than 3 hours of driving.
Parkruns not being done this year will be included in future years. Travel times will always include a small buffer to allow everyone to make it to each run on time. It is hoped that the schedule can be adhered to as best they can.
Recommended equipment for the day
GPS or stopwatch to record your own times
1-2 pairs of running shoes
1-7 pairs of socks and underwear
1-3 sets of running clothes
Water bottle - most of the courses DO have water fountains where you can top your water up.
Gels, fruit, energy bars or other snacks
Please note: The longest run is not covered by insurance and is not part of parkrun Australia. Runners will be running at their own risk.
Organisers can cancel or postpone the event if the weather conditions are thought to be a safety concern.