Monday, 19 March 2018

Parkrun Tourist - Hamilton Lake New Zealand

 If you've been following us for a while you'll know that something we love is taking part in our weekly local parkrun - If you don't already take part you can read all about it here! So naturally when we planned to spend our Christmas on the other side of the world one of the first things we checked was can we still do parkrun??

hamilton lake parkrun start line

One of the amazing things about parkrun is that it's global! You can simply find out where one is and turn up with your barcode like normal - you've got to love that running community spirit! 
With 17 countries now involved chances are you might be able to go to one on your next vacation.

hamilton lake parkrun new zealand

We really lucked out, not only was New Zealand a parkrun country but the relatives we were staying with literally lived on the doorstep of the Hamilton Park route! So here's what we thought of being a parkrun tourist and switching things up a little. 

The Course
Like the name suggests the Hamilton Lake course is in a pretty beautiful setting - this isn't your typical park! The route begins in front of the boat house and the route follows the pathway around the lake on a clockwise 4km loop before returning back to the boathouse, here you need to continue towards a bridge you passed on the first loop before turning back through a small field to the finish line. 

hamilton lake parkrun route map

This route is a complete opposite to what we're used to! Our home run is usually pretty muddy, is mostly trail and is pretty hilly, here at Hamilton the majority of the route of paved, with some over wooden bridges and was as flat as they come! 

Our Thoughts

hamilton lake parkrun first finisher

James - This was a fantastic course for setting a new PB if you can handle the heat! I myself first out of the gate and managed to get a good lead for the whole course finishing first and knocking a good few seconds off my local parkrun PB. The area itself is definitely worth a making a trip out to, the flat and scenic course is a pleasure to run around and the turnout was fantastic. Overall it's a very well organised and friendly event with a great international mix on the day we took part. 

hamilton parkrun female finisher

Rachel - If there's something I struggle with it's running in high humidity! Even though the NZ parkruns start at 8am (rather than the usual 9am in the UK) it was still pretty hot, after all December down under is the summer! Despite all the other beneficial conditions such as the easy terrain and flat course I still found it pretty difficult to build up any sort of speed and especially struggled on that last km... Having said that this is by far the most beautiful parkrun I've been too, it's in such a stunning location and well worth going to! 

Hamilton Lake Parkrun runners

Do you try and get some exercise in whilst you're travelling? Have you taken on an international parkrun before? 


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