Central, Comfy and Cool: Caulfield Park

This will be HypoActive's third visit to this splendid and centrally located venue with great access from major roads. There is a circuit of about 2.5 km and the tracks are bitumen, which makes them comfortable for all sorts of running, walking and cycling. All round it's the perfect spot for type 1's to get together for whatever level of exercise they choose.


Caulfield Park was once known as Paddy's Swamp, but now there's firm ground everywhere except at the ornamental lake, where turtles swim and night herons roost in the overhanging elms. There are plenty of trees of note: the heritage list includes some rare natives as well as exotic imports. The tall Australian turpentine tree, with its creamy white flowers and fibrous and furrowed bark is of particular rarity and interest. There are also several bronze people around the southwest corner of the park. These 70's statues are much-loved by locals, although they do now sport rather dated haircuts and flared pants. In 2011 Glen Eira council installed a series of over-sized wooden bugs and grubs. If you fancy some extra zing in your exercise routine, these are the perfect height for hurdling or even bunny-hopping, if you're especially good at it..

The solid work of celebrated local sculptor Glenn Romanis

​Meeting time for this HypoActive Fun Run/Walk/Ride is 9.30 am (SHARP!). If you're heading east along Balaclava Road, turn left into the park just before the Bowling Club: there's plenty of parking alongside the greens and this is where type 1's should meet. John Thompson, who is once again organising this get-together, can send you a detailed map if you're not sure.

As always, everybody is welcome regardless of fitness levels and you determine how far you want to run/walk/ride and how fast. And as usual there's the option to just meet and have a chat with other type 1's - just come along to KINCH FINE FOOD, 98 - 100A Hawthorn Road (Cnr Hawthorn Rd and Balaclava Road), Caulfield, diagonally opposite the park at around 10.30 am. We'd love to see you there. Kinch does some excellent egg dishes for breakfast, as well as porridge, muesli, milkshakes and first class coffee.

If you think you can come along, please send John an email here: John

Shakshuka at Kinch