News - 5th September 2018
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parkrun profile: Fingal Bay

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The turning point at Fingal Bay parkrun overlooks Fingal Bay Beach and boat ramp. The path is mainly tree-lined and offers great shelter from the sun. While the course is mainly flat, it does feature two turning points, providing parkrunners with twice the opportunity to try and look good in front of the café patrons.

 

Fingal Bay is located in in the Hunter Region of New South Wales and was one of the locations for the 2006 “So where the bloody hell are you?” advertising campaign.

 

The Fingal Bay Foreshore Reserve, near the start-finish line, is dog-friendly and has an enclosed dog play area and never rains between 8am and 9am on a Saturday.

 

Our Event Director,  Kevin O’Shea got involved in parkrun because he did not want to be shown up by my mother who was 84 when she started parkrun. And age is no barrier to joining in each at Fingal Bay, as it is the home parkrun of the oldest woman in the world to have reached 100 parkruns and she is well on her way to 200.

 

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Another inspiring local is Coral Anderson. Coral has completed 27 runs at Fingal Bay and has 21 PB’s. Her first time was 1.12.23 and her current time is 33.11. She tries hard every week and looks really happy when she crosses the line.

 

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Kevin plans his holidays around parkruns, has parkrun in 5 different countries and even got off his cruise ship to parkrun in Russia.

 

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The Longboat Café, which is right alongside the pathway, allows the volunteers to have their morning coffee while the runners and walkers are out on the course. A perfect excuse to visit for a spot of voluntouring one weekend.

 

The Fingal Bay parkrun website is here and their Facebook page is here.

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