Cornwall parkrun recently changed its course to a 3 lapper, there was an enthusiastic crowd to try out the new course, but one parkrun stalwart went above and beyond to get there!
My journey from Browns Bay to Cornwall parkrun using Public Transport
My car was leaking oil and my mechanic recommended I not drive my car but I was desperate to make it to parkrun to try out the new course at Cornwall Park, today being the the inaugural run on the new course.
With no option of hitching a ride with fellow parkrunners I decided to put Auckland public transport to the test to see if I could make it to Cornwall parkrun on time!
My alarm woke me @ 5:30 – it is Saturday parkrun day and I’m raring to go after a good night’s sleep.
I left home on time @ 6:05 and the morning was clear, cool, crisp and dark!
A short wait, bus was running 5 minutes late! – not a good start!
I caught the bus to Constellation bus station at 6:16 and arrived at Constellation bus station 15 minutes later and I only had to wait 3-4 minutes for a connecting bus to town. An opportunity perhaps to make up lost time!
The bus left at 6:35 and I arrived in town at 6:50
The train from the city to Greenlane was leaving in 10 minutes, I can do this!
I didn’t want to take any chances so I sprinted from the bus stop in town to Britomart train station only to find the trains were going nowhere – they were “Out-of-Service”!
Oh no any hope I had of making it to parkrun was surely dashed!
A real shame as I was so looking forward to trying out the new course but I will never make it to parkrun now!
A train attendant stopped me in my tracks:
“Trains on Southern line are only going to Penrose, from there buses replace trains”
Did I hear that right, I’m going to Greenlane which is before Penrose so I’m not affected!
What a stroke of luck, maybe I can make it after all!
I thanked the man and made it onto the train in time for the 7am departure.
I arrived in Greenlane at 7:15, just after sunrise, I then knew I could make it as by my reckoning it was a 1.5k walk from Greenlane train station to Cornwall Park.
I strolled along Greenlane Road with a spring in my step and a smile on my dial.
I leapt over a stile into Cornwall Park, through a sheep paddock, climbed over another fence and arrived at the band rotunda at 7:30 – exactly half an hour before the run.
At that point I realized it didn’t matter what was to follow as I was overjoyed to make it on time and not only that I was one of the first runners to arrive! My race was over and I had won! - Nick Feehan, Cornwall parkrun
Hi team, I quite liked the new course this morning. After I finished, looking back at the course from the band rotunda it had a very cool centralised running-event-village atmosphere with the course going around us and wrapping up in the centre with coffee right there. Great for those with younger runners, who may not be up for full distance running, with us passing ‘drop off’ points several times. I think it works really well - thank you to all the Marshals guiding us around the circuit this morning. #80 down for me this morning. - Hayden Everatt, Cornwall parkrun
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