If weaving in and out of vineyards to get your Saturday morning parkrun fix sounds appealing, then Ocean View parkrun outside of Brisbane might just be the perfect course.
Located between Dayboro and Mount Mee about 50km north-west of Brisbane, Ocean View parkrun is held on the grounds of the Ocean View Estates Winery and Restaurant. The challenging course takes advantage of the mixed terrain within the grounds of the winery.
This terrain includes what the regulars call, “the hill of despair”. “Many tourists think we’re pulling their legs about the climb until they see the marshal attending the slope at the entrance to the back vineyard,” Event Director Adrian Tynan said.
According to Adrian, Ocean View parkrun is unlike any other in the greater Brisbane region. “With our challenging elevation, beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife and fully functioning vineyards, no two runs will be exactly the same. Because the vines at the winery are disease resistant, we are one of very few winery located runs where you get to run between vine rows as part of the course,” he said.
While Ocean View parkrun is dog friendly, pram runners might want to think twice about tackling this one or ensure they have a sturdy pram and a bub who is not too small, to withstand the bumpy ride, Adrian said.
Ocean View parkrun launched in May 2018 and is still a relatively small event, but getting bigger as tourists get an idea of what’s on offer, such as the picturesque vineyards.
“Our key locals make sure there’s enough people for an event to go ahead and our tourist numbers make sure the times vary every week. Our community love to be part of it and we’ve enticed many first timers to come and see what we have to offer,” Adrian said.
Adrian said a friend encouraged him to take up parkrun. “They saw how many hours I was logging on a treadmill each week. At first I resisted because I didn’t think I’d fit in, but like almost everyone, I found parkrun was extremely welcoming. When we had the chance to bring an event to a smaller location, I jumped at it. The boutique size means the team gets a great chance to talk to our tourists every week.”
Adrian said co-ED Kelly Bright was a keen runner, police officer and well respected member of the community.
Having seen the success of the theme in the UK, Kelly successfully lobbied Queensland Police Service management in 2017 to hold the inaugural “Cops and Robbers” themed parkrun in Australia, Adrian said.
“Plenty of locals have taken the chance to come up and try the course. Some of our most loyal attendees are walkers who come for the opportunity to participate in our event given the lack of pressure to finish by a cutoff. We’ve had people bring lemons or lollies for others to benefit from,” Adrian said.
After parkrun, the crew from Ocean View gather inside the winery for their caffeine and breakky fix. “It’s a quality that most people enjoy. Just this weekend we had people come back for the second time in three weeks based on the breakfast alone,” Adrian said.
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