The Lane Cove River Road Rollercoaster Challenge by Our Expert Running Coach Andy Smith

    Our resident running expert Andy Smith from North Shore Running and Outdoor Fitness last month put  together a “Run a Lap Of Lane Cove Challenge.”
    This month Andy Smith has put together another Challenge called The River Road Rollercoaster Challenge.
    There are 3 options to choose from (see maps attached).

    5.15 km River Road Route West To East

    5.15km route (125m elevation) from the west boundary line (Penrose St above Blackman Park) to the East boundary line on River Rd (adjacent to Lithgow St).


    5.15km route River Road Roller Coaster Route (125m elevation)  East To West

    10.3km River Road Rollercoaster route (250m elevation) in both directions

    Some Factors To Bear In Mind

    Yes, there is plenty of elevation change on this route which, to be honest, is part of the appeal of this challenge!
    There are plenty of busy intersections to cross so please be careful and only cross where and when it is safe to do so.

    Note that there are some sections along the route that only have footpath on one side of the road so choose your route carefully:


    •  River Rd West from Bridge St to Austin St
      (northern side no path)
    • River Rd from Northwood Rd to Greenwich Hospital
      (southern side no path)
    • River Rd from Canberra Ave to Duntroon Ave
      (northern side no path)

    Always take plenty of water.

    Always let someone know you are doing this challenge and make sure they can find you on Find my iPhone or Life 360.

    And the last and most obvious piece of advice is, be prepared for lots of up and downhill running! 

    Strava Group

    If you are interested in taking on the Challenge we now have an “In The Cove Runners” Strava group where you can share your runs with like-minded locals:

    Bragging Rights

    You can brag about your achievements on Lane Cove Chat by ITC.

    Walk Don’t Run

    If running is not your thing, then walk it and tell us how long it took you.

    Other Lane Cove Running Suggestions

    Andy has put together some bush trail runs, hill runs, and stair climbs and they are all LOCAL.

    Top 10 Stair Runs in Lane Cove

    Top 10 hills to run in Lane Cove

    Top 8 trail runs for more details.

    As a bonus, Andy has also put together some local bike-riding routes for you.  More details here

    If you New Year’s resolution is to be fitter, check our guide to Health and Wellness in Lane Cove here.

    If you want to do some new things in Lane Cove this year, check out our 10 things to do in Lane Cove this year here.

    Andy is the Running Coach for the North Shore Running and Fitness Group and Personal Trainer at the affiliated Sydney Performance Lab.

    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!

    Contact Details

    Website: nsrunningfitness.com.au
    Email: [email protected]
    Mobile: 0412 522 047
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrew.smith.395454

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