Sup­port­ive at­mos­phere

PARKRUN MARKS FIVE YEARS

Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Ash­lea Wi­toslawski

It was a day of cel­e­bra­tion at Vic­to­ria Park Lake on Satur­day as parkrun Shep­par­ton crossed its fifth birth­day fin­ish line.

Some 287 run­ners took to the track, despite the morn­ing heat for fit­ness and fun.

The run­ners were en­cour­aged to wear their parkrun colours and were treated to cake and Zooper Doop­ers.

Parkrun is a num­ber of weekly, timed, 5 km run­ning events on Satur­day morn­ings in more than 23 coun­tries, orig­i­nat­ing in the United King­dom.

Shep­par­ton parkrun was es­tab­lished by Allan and Kerry Con­nolly, who de­cided to bring the event to the re­gion af­ter grow­ing tired of trav­el­ling to Mel­bourne to be in­volved.

‘‘Five years ago, on the first day we ar­rived here at 6 o’clock and the event was start­ing at 8 o’clock and we didn’t ex­pect any­one to turn up,’’ Mr Con­nolly said.

‘‘It took a lit­tle bit of time to build up, but the first ever one had 76 run­ners,’’ Mrs Con­nolly said.

The pair suc­cess­fully es­tab­lished the first parkrun in coun­try Vic­to­ria, the fifth in Vic­to­ria and the 67th in Aus­tralia.

‘‘I didn’t think we’d still be do­ing it five years later,’’ Mrs Con­nolly said.

‘‘The time has re­ally f lown.’’

Mr Con­nolly said the num­bers con­tin­ued to be great, with a won­der­ful, sup­port­ive at­mos­phere from all run­ners and vol­un­teers.

‘‘It’s a com­mu­nity health and fit­ness cam­paign and the social at­mos­phere is the best part,’’ he said.

‘‘Hope­fully it con­tin­ues to be where it is now or even bet­ter.’’

The group hopes to one day cel­e­brate a mile­stone 300 run­ners par­tic­i­pat­ing at the Satur­day morn­ing event.

Pic­ture: Ash­lea Wi­toslawski

Rapt: Shep­par­ton parkrun vol­un­teers cel­e­brated the pro­gram’s fifth birth­day on Satur­day.

Idyl­lic set­ting: Euroa parkrun is a timed 5 km walk or run that hap­pens ev­ery Satur­day at 8 am at the beau­ti­ful Seven Creeks Park.

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