GO: The Warwick parkrun is off and running at Queens Park at 7am on January 1 with a field of 96. First finisher Adrian Jannenga is at left.
GO: The Warwick parkrun is off and running at Queens Park at 7am on January 1 with a field of 96. First finisher Adrian Jannenga is at left. Gerard Walsh

Stanthorpe pair show early year speed in Warwick parkrun

RUNNING: Stanthorpe runners Adrian Jannenga and Amanda Gempton were the first finishers in the New Year's Day Warwick parkrun.

Regulations only allow parkrunners to go in two runs on one day each year and that was yesterday.

Ninety six parkrunners took part in the 7am parkrun in Warwick and many travelled on to Stanthorpe for a second run.

The Warwick run included groups from Stanthorpe, Gatton, Brisbane and Moree. Townsville and Nambour runners were also in the field.

Jannenga led at halfway before being first finisher in the 5km Warwick parkrun in 18 minutes, 41 seconds.

Gatton runner Jacob Wells was second home 64 seconds later.

He has been first finisher at more than 25 Gatton parkruns.

"I love the flat course in Warwick. You know if it is anywhere near water, it will be flat,” Wells said.

Amanda Gempton is a regular at Stanthorpe parkruns and usually finishes in the first two. But yesterday in Warwick, she easily won the title of first finisher for the women.

Five travelled from Moree to Warwick on Sunday to prepare for runs in Warwick and Stanthorpe.

Annette Hadley was one of the five and said after being one of three runners to leave home at 3.30am to drive to Warwick this time last year, it was much easier to come down the night before.

"We are going on to Stanthorpe for our second parkrun and then driving home,” she said.

New participants always welcome in Warwick parkrun.

Go to parkrun website, print out a barcode for recording purposes and turn up at Queens Park below the rugby union oval at 6.45am for a 7am start any Saturday.



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