EARLY RISERS: The parkrun takes place from 7am each Saturday at Federation Park.
EARLY RISERS: The parkrun takes place from 7am each Saturday at Federation Park. Contributed

Fitness fans turn a hand to Relay for Life money-raising

IF YOU see plenty of action around Madsen Bridge at 7am any Saturday in Warwick, the odds are you have driven past "parkrun", the 5km fitness run which starts in Federation Park.

As well as their regular runs, parkrun is looking for volunteers interested in joining its Warwick Relay for Life team.

Organisers are also keen to hear of fundraising ideas.

"Maybe you are a business which would like to support us in our efforts," race director Jo Cuskelly said.

Anyone can make contact through the facebook page or email warwickoffice@parkrun.com.

As part of the fundraising for Relay for Life, organisers have coffee and hot chocolate for sale each Saturday after parkrun - a gold coin donation is all that's needed. Just pop a coin in your pocket along with your barcode each week and grab a refreshment before you leave.

The parkrun group is holding a huge fundraiser for its Relay for Life team - A Greater Than Gatsby evening at Joie De Vivre on May 31.

Check out the Warwick parkrun Pacemakers facebook page for all the details and how to buy tickets. All profits go to the Cancer Council.

Run director Sonja said her thoughts last week turned to one of gratitude in the wake of Anzac Day commemorations.

"Any reluctance I may feel at getting up in the morning chill is washed away as soon as I get a look at our parkrun course," she said.

"Sleepiness is replaced with a flush of immense appreciation that we live in a place where we have free access to such a beautiful run course, and a bunch of other healthy smiling faces to share it with each week."

There were 84 runners last Saturday with Carol, Chris, Julie, Oscar, Ross and Sandi the volunteers.

Kelly Nielsen was parkrunner of the month and Thomas Brelsford joined the Junior 10 Club.

Some people will be sneaking closer each week towards their 50-run achievement.

All welcome any Saturday but runners must have printed out a barcode from the parkrun website.

For the first time, parkrun will miss a Saturday on the May 24-25 weekend of the Pentath-run when the half-marathon will be on at the same time.

The half marathon to Yangan is one of five races which make up a total of 42.2km, the marathon distance.



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