Warwick parkrun participants early in a Saturday morning event at the Madsen Bridge.
Warwick parkrun participants early in a Saturday morning event at the Madsen Bridge. Gerard Walsh

Rogers wins parkrun for the blokes

BRING a friend is the word from organisers as the 10th weekly parkrun starts at 7am Saturday in Federation Park next to Tiddalik.

Last Saturday, Warwick State High School teacher Nathan Rogers took 50 seconds off the men's course record in his first parkrun.

He covered the 5km in 18 minutes, two seconds.

Melissa Reid won the women's parkrun to be the most prolific winner in the event so far. The current record holder is triathlon star Jacqueline Henricks who set a best of 19:44.

Each week, a volunteer with experience in fitness leads the warm up and Reid has filled the role on some occasions.

The magical number of 100 has been reached yet again in the past fortnight with 133 runners last Saturday and 102 the previous week on Rodeo Saturday. The record for most participants in the first nine weeks is 142.

Committee member Jo Cuskelly said parkrun had been way more successful than expected.

"We expected to start with 20 and reach 40 by Christmas and not average more than 100," Cuskelly said.

"The run is so relaxed; you can be any age from anywhere and any fitness level.

"Some run and lots walk in an event where each person is competing against their own personal best."

On the Rodeo Saturday, a bucket was passed around at parkrun in Warwick and every run in Australia to help the NSW Bushfire Appeal.

"The money has been sent away to help those in need," she said. Fundraisers are not a regular part of parkrun. To register, go to http://www.parkrun.com.au/register.



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