RUNNING TO THE (tree)HOUSE

No-one can say I'm taking it easy. That guy in the red cap looks pretty relaxed and comfortable though.

No-one can say I’m taking it easy. That cool guy in the red cap looks pretty relaxed and comfortable though, as we arrive at the Opera House forecourt. Photo: Marathon Photos.



Apologies. I’ve gone AWOL from the blog for weeks. It’s been a busy time, capped off by the busiest Sunday I can remember.

It was my suggestion to Andy Griffiths, currently Australia’s best-selling author, with rock-star status for 6-12-year-olds: “Our 52-Storey Treehouse play opens in the Sydney Opera House on the same morning as the Sydney Marathon arrives there. Parking will be a nightmare. Let’s run the half marathon, duck into the cast dressing rooms for a shower, then zip round to the Playhouse Theatre to watch the premiere of the show.”

So we do just that.

Dawn is breaking when I arrive on the train at Milsons Point. The Opera House, our ultimate destination, is in the distance. It looks a long way away.

Dawn is breaking when I arrive on the train at Milsons Point. The Opera House, our ultimate destination, is in the distance. It looks a long way away.

We weren't the only ones up so early. 35,000 runners had enters the running festival, with over 7000 of them doing the half marathon.

We’re not the only ones up so early. 35,000 runners have entered the running festival, with over 7000 of them doing the half marathon.

After a spectacular run across the car-free Sydney Harbour Bridge, we find ourselves passing under it. 13km down, 8 more to go. Starting to feel the pain barrier approaching.

After a spectacular run across the car-free Sydney Harbour Bridge, we find ourselves passing under it. 13km down, 8 more to go. I feel the pain barrier approaching.


We made it...and the showers are waiting.

An hour or so later the pain is almost forgotten. We’ve made it…and the showers are waiting. Thanks for dragging me over the line, Andy – and for the selfie!

The house fills up for the first performance of The 52 Storey Treehouse.

The house fills up for the first performance of The 52 Storey Treehouse.

...and the Treehouse cast deliver a wonderful show!

…and the Treehouse cast, Johnny Nasser, Sophie Kesteven, James Elliot and Drew Livingston, deliver a wonderful show!

The 52-Storey Treehouse is all but sold out for the current season in the Sydney Opera House. A few single tickets are available for each performance, but if you miss out this time it will be back in January 2016. Details and bookings here.

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4 responses to “RUNNING TO THE (tree)HOUSE

  1. Angela Highstead

    Congratulations, well done and great photos Richard – early morning, best time of the day. Angela

  2. How thoughtful of the race organisers to arrange the location of the finish within throwing distance of your personal change room and next weekend activity. You must have contacts in high places!

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