It would be best if you ran as close as possible to the boundary line of the Lane Cove Council region (see map below).
However, you must stay on public property (roads, parks, trails, footpaths, stairs, etc.) with no running through private land or dangerous terrain.
It must be completed as a single running loop but can be run in either direction.
You can start and finish from wherever you like as long as you finish at the same point where you started.
Some Factors To Bear In Mind
Needless to say, the running terrain is widely varied if you want to stay true to the boundary lines. We are blessed in this area to have an abundance of harbourside parks and trails so if you’re not an experienced trail runner you may prefer to stick to the roads (this will actually add some distance to the run though !).
There is a 100m section of trail between Epping Road and Stringybark Creek (Ventemans Reach) north of Blackman Park that is still closed (and has frustratingly been so for years !). The alternative is to continue up Epping Rd and turn right into Sam Johnson Way.
There has also been a recent closure on the trail south of Blackman Park (Lovetts Reserve) for about 150m before reaching Burns Bay Rd. When I did this run the fencing had been removed on the trail just before Cope St but was still in place up at Burns Bay Rd. The alternative is to take the trail up to Cope St and onto Burns Bay Rd. Find out more here.
Saint Ignatius College Riverview is closed due to COVID19 so you will need to divert around the school.
And the last and most obvious piece of advice is, be prepared for lots of up and downhill running! (I recorded approximately 600m of vertical over the 28km route).
- Always take plenty of water, and you can stop along the way to buy some water at Hughes Park Centro – see more here.
- Always let someone know you are doing this challenge and make sure they can find you on Find my iPhone or Life 360.
Walk Don’t Run
Other Lane Cove Running Suggestions
Andy has put together some bush trail runs, hill runs, and stair climbs and they are all LOCAL.
As a bonus, Andy has also put together some local bike-riding routes for you. More details here
Whilst heavily immersed in the running concept of “longer is better”, with numerous marathon, Ironman Triathlon and trail ultramarathon finishes, Andy still thrives on testing his performance with races of any distance and loves to share his passion for running, health and fitness with everyone around him!