MS Walk 2011

Today was the MS Walk and Fun Run.  I entered the 9km walk around Sydney.  The walk took me from Hyde Park, down Martin Place towards Darling Harbour, through the Rocks and under the Harbour Bridge, past Circular Quay, around the Opera House, past the Botanic Gardens and around Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, through the Domain and back to Hyde Park.

It was a bit chilly at 9.30am on the crisp winter morning.  MS Australia were selling red scarves and beanies to combat the cold.  Just about everyone was wearing red.  And there were red balloons being carried, red feather boas and red sequins galore.

The warm up before the start of the walk was a Zumba workout – complete with a Zumba instructor and Ricky Martin music.  It goes without saying that I really enjoyed that – although I had to be careful about flinging my arms around in the crowd.

The start of the walk was very slow – so it meant my speed for the walk was brought down, but the upside is that it meant there were many people participating to raise funds for MS, so that was great.

This is a shot of walkers heading towards the fountain in Hyde Park – you can see some of them holding the MS red flags, I had mine in my back pack.  I wouldn’t see this fountain again until I had walked almost 9kms.

It turned out to be such a beautiful day!  There were no road closures for the walk, so the walk down Martin Place was punctuated by stops at traffic lights – but this changed once we got to the Rocks, were I was able to pick up my pace.  I felt a bit like a tourist on a sightseeing walk in the city.

This is the first glimpse of the bridge in its entirety – and the first visual landmark.  I would be walking under the bridge soon.

Here I am at the 3km mark and the Opera House has come into view.  I did the last kilometre in 10 minutes and twenty-eight seconds – so that really helped my average after the slowish first two kilometres. 

The Opera House itself is my next goal – I’ll be walking around it’s perimeter, I can see red shirted participants from here doing just that right now.  That’s a whole kilometre away!

By Circular Quay my paced slowed – due to the large number of actual tourists I had to weave in and out of along the route.  It was a glorious day on the harbour – no wonder so many people rave about it!  The couple of kilometres around Mrs Macquarie’s Chair were the toughest as they involved a couple of hills, I was so pleased my average time didn’t go above 14 minutes a kilometre at those points.

It took me 1 hour, 53 minutes and 9 seconds to complete the course.  My average speed was 13.29 minutes/kilometre.  I am happy with that as it included the very slow start and then all the stops at the traffic lights in the first couple of kilometres.  I am planning next year to do the 16km walk!  (Or dare I say maybe even the 8km run on the north side of the Harbour?)  Why don’t you make it a goal to participate – it’s held in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kelli
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 19:32:02

    Great work Leonie! I did the 10.5km run here in Canberra at a very very cold 8am – it was foggy for the whole run. I didn’t manage to warm up until after a very hot shower.

    Aim for the run next year! You can do this!


  2. noni22
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 19:39:49

    Excellent Kelli – they announced at the Sydney walk that it was -2 in Canberra, at that was at about 9.15am!
    And okay – I have a goal now – to be up for the run next year. 🙂


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