On a sweltering hot mid-summer evening the pack assembled at McMahons Point in one of the most interesting and well appointed localities of the Lower North Shore. From the bend at the southern end of East Crescent Street, the cartons of bottles had to be person-handled down to a secluded park overlooking the Harbour, with a fantastic view of the Bridge and Opera House but slightly degraded by an offensive smell from behind the wall where some chancer had been using it as a public latrine.
Well over 30 bods turned out, including multiple visitors, creating uncertainty whether or not there’d be sufficient drinks and ice in the buckets, fortunately proving to be needless worry.
Under Hare Brengun’s direction, the pack got off to a good start along a somewhat predictable route, heading firstly to the Blues Point Park, then around and up along the western flank of Blues Point Peninsula before heading north as far as Berry Street, back through the North Sydney CBD down as far as Wendy Whitley’s Park (worth a visit in itself, see http://thedesignfiles.net/2015/10/wendy-whiteleys-secret-garden/) besides Lavender Bay and finally back to base.
It may be banal to point out that if you start a run at the pointy end of a peninsula, the route options for any trail must be limited, and this was no exception. However for those who have never done this walk, it is one of Sydney’s best, offering an engaging mixture of natural landscapes, harbour views, heritage buildings and rapidly emerging high rise redevelopment particularly in areas to the north of the CBD and the western flank of Milsons Point. In short it showcases the very best and most interesting that Sydney has to offer.
The pack returned in good time and no mishaps or losses were recorded for once.
Visitors welcomed included: James from the UK “travelling around”; Dave Ryan “Sharing Ryan’s Privates” from Thirsty Hash; “Rangoon Flyer” from Wellington; “Over the Top” from Melbourne and “Sticky Beak” from NZ
Squeaky Clean was given a “No accident” award for the night in recognition of his high rate of accidents of late, while his long suffering partner Mathilde was rewarded for putting up with all of this.
Sticky Beak was asked to rate the walk as a visitor and generously suggested “8.5 out of 10”.
Finally it seems appropriate to acknowledge that Tripod is coming of age as a stand up comedian. By far his best joke of the year centred around the well known “Hind-Licker” manoeuvre for dealing with a female choking victim. I leave the rest to your imagination.
Next Larrikins Run, No xxxx Hare Singapore Sling, Location TBA
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