Dennis Warner has returned to Australia to explore our fabulous country once again. Dennis was first here in the 70′s and 80′s while serving as a Navigation Officer in the Merchant Navy. He saw lots of the coastline, but little of the actual country but plans to change that on his return visit.
Dennis and his wife returned 18 months ago and spent 3 months travelling around – doing parkruns and half-marathons whenever possible. Back home, their home parkrun is Harwich, Essex. Dennis explains how they were the main driving force to get the event up and running 3 years ago.
Back home I work for a aggregates/concrete company as a technician. They kindly allowed me 3 months off work (unpaid) to undertake my latest madcap adventure. The plan is to cycle alone and unaided from the West Coast to the East Coast, doing parkruns along the way whenever possible.
Having participated in the very first Quinns Rocks parkrun, it seemed like a perfect place to begin the adventure.
Last Saturday I completed the first objective by finishing the 5k run at Quinns. A great course and fantastically friendly (as all parkruns are). I even managed to achieve my highest ever finishing position (6th), not too shabby for someone pushing 60 in a few months time.
From here my route will take me to Sandgate (just north of Brisbane) by way of the Red Centre. The plan is to run Kalgoorlie-Boulder parkrun this Saturday, Roma (29th September) and Sandgate (6th October).
I hope to fill the big gap in the middle with a DIY parkrun near Alice Springs. If you look closely on Google Maps you can find a very small place off the Plenty Highway, about 30km north of Alice, named ‘Bushy Park’.
Provisionally, I hope to be there around the 15th of September. With a bit of outside assistance, we could organise a ‘pop-up parkrun’ at our very own Aussi Bushy Park.
Finally, if I arrive at Sandgate in good shape, I’ve entered the Crocodile Trophy Race (an 8-day multi-stage mountain bike event). A pretty busy few months ahead, but ultimately very rewarding.
When possible I hope to record my progress on the SRC Aggregates Facebook page. Follow for updates on my adventure.
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