I just knew that there was something suspicious about my timed 27:30 San Francisco Parkrun as previously reported here. 5 minutes faster than my previous PB!!!!! A good look at Google maps has now shown me that I did not complete the full course.
But first a short story - it is obvious to me that something is basically wrong with the US Parkrun organisation (probably at national level) . After several years , they still have only 4 venues - and my observation of the SFO venue was that there were a small number of very willing supporters - but with no money to set up a "proper" Parkrun. When I arrived at the appointed place for the start, I "expected" to see the usual large flags flying which are standard as far as I know at every Aussie parkrun - even those just starting up. I am not sure what is supplied to a new Aussie startup - or who supplies it - but all venues that I have been to have flags for the start/finish plus extra flags along the course to indicate turning points, etc. SFO had none of this - and the young keen bloke who is the Event Manager confused me with his verbal directions of the course just before the start and , as the rest of the field left me well behind and there were no flags or Marshalls along the course, it was a sure thing that I would not run the course correctly.
So, on the map here parkrun.us/crissyfield/course/ , you can see the large loop around Crissy Field itself and alongside the Crissy Field marsh -- BUT I missed out on running the short out, around and back bit at the far left of the track -- about 600 metres in all, so , if I had run that as I should have, that would have added an extra 5 minutes or so to my result and made it more like it usually is - 32:30 PB!