LIMBERED UP: Parkrun participants (back, from left) Jo Cuskelly, Linda Coombes, Raelene Lewis, Deanna Naughten, (front) Alex, Holly and Lachlan Naughten are ready for the 50th parkrun tomorrow.
LIMBERED UP: Parkrun participants (back, from left) Jo Cuskelly, Linda Coombes, Raelene Lewis, Deanna Naughten, (front) Alex, Holly and Lachlan Naughten are ready for the 50th parkrun tomorrow. Gerard Walsh

Hundreds of Warwickites brave weather for parkrun

SIX hundred athletes, walkers, or just fun-inspired Warwickites have turned up at Federation Park at 7am on a Saturday to make the first year of parkrun and the 50th event a resounding success.

Organisers were pleasantly surprised when 97 started in the first parkrun a year ago.

It is true they run - rain, hail or shine.

In the past year, the only natural event to stop parkrun was the flood.

A decision was made to halt the event for the Saturday of the Pentath-run as many of the regulars had a go in the half-marathon to Yangan which was on at the same time on a Saturday morning.

For Linda Coombes, parkrun has been a natural progression after she started running six years ago.

Any improvement is a plus and she has cut her best time by 90 seconds to the 27-minute range for 5km since parkrun started.

"The toughest days are when it is really cold and wet, but we still have 30 to 40 participants," Coombes said.

"They still come in the cold and drizzle."

The Naughten family are regulars at parkrun and twins Alex and Lachlan have times ranging from 27 minutes to 33 minutes.

"I look forward to parkrun each week," Alex said.

As for Lachlan, he admits he is not a morning person, but still turns up for a bit of fun.

New participants welcome each week, they just go on the parkrun website and print out a barcode which automatically prints out their time when they compete or just have a leisurely walk with the dog.

Tomorrow, there will be a sausage sizzle at parkrun, bacon and egg rolls and the coffee van will be on site.

Money raised will go to the parkrun team in Relay for Life.

The 50th run has the super hero theme.

parkrun facts

  •  Warwick parkrun has held 50 Saturday runs starting at 7am in the past year
  •  Most runners: 140 for one run
  •  Total runners in the year: 600


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