Inaugural Parkrun attracts more than 150 for weekend fun and fitness
Parkrun director Shuba Johns addresses some of the 150 particpants in Newcastle Park before last month’s event. Photo: Paul van der Mey.
By Dani Xuereb
MORE THAN 150 locals and visitors joined Toodyay’s first official Newcastle Parkrun at the end of last month.
Many participants travelled from Perth, Moora, Northam and Kellerberrin, and some were visitors from South Africa.Read more
Toodyay’s Moondyne Men joined volunteers to help direct runners and walkers over the five-kilometre course.
The event was one of 464 similar parkrun events held every weekend around Australia.
Shire President Rosemary Madaçsi opened the Toodyay event, and sponsor Chalice Mining supplied bottles of water at the finish line.
A coffee van also provided refreshments before the large crowd dispersed into the town for breakfast and weekend shopping.
It was a great morning with no hiccups and lots of positive feedback.
Many people said they would be back next time to do it again.
We invite more locals to give it a go.
There is no time limit and no pressure to run – just go at your own pace.
It’s a great way to socialise, meet new people and get fit.
Or you can help as a volunteer if worried about being able to complete the course.
Our group meets at 7.45am every Saturday at Newcastle Park (next to The Herald office) to run or walk over a 2.5km, or five-kilometre loop.
We’d love to see you there.