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Let's Hear It For Parkrun!

by Cindy Hughes (follow)
Cindy Hughes
Have you heard about the new trend that is parkrun?
Well ok, it might not be a ‘new’ trend, but it is relatively new to Australia.

Parkrun is a free weekly timed 5km running event. It began in Teddington, UK on 2 October 2004 and has since grown to be a popular worldwide event, spreading across 15 countries.

It launched in Australia on the Gold Coast on 4 April 2011, and since then has grown to be hosted in 232 locations around our lovely sunburnt country, don’t believe me? Check out their website here.



parkrun, free 5km run event, Adelaide, South Australia, various locations


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I have been a big fan of parkrun for a number of years, but unlike my unwavering love and affection for chocolate, I have been known to be quite standoffish and absent in my relationship with him. The old adage “it’s not you, it’s me” is certainly quite accurate here.

While parkrun is a wonderful atmosphere, it can sometimes be daunting knowing that you will be timed and photographed while you are trying to survive the 5km slog. *Please note that this opinion is coming from someone who is relatively unfit, but keeps going because she wants to love running*.

What I love about parkrun:

It’s free!. No need to pay an expensive gym membership just so you can run 5km on the treadmill. Come to parkrun and run your 5km in the wilderness with your running peers.
It’s on every Saturday morning at 8am. An absolutely perfect way to begin your weekend (also helps me lessen the guilt of my very steady relationship with chocolate…and wine).
It is family friendly. Don’t forget to bring your kids, husband/partner, and even your dog! The whole family will benefit from a lovely dose of Vitamin D and endorphins.
It’s a great way to meet new people. Parkrun has such a wonderful sense of community. People meet up after their run for coffee and chat.



parkrun, free 5km run event, Adelaide, South Australia, various locations


If you are reading this and thinking ‘gosh, sounds like fun, but I will never run, even if my life depended on it’. Have no fear! You can parkrun, parkwalk or even parkvolunteer.

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It is such a nice atmosphere for walking, and because this is a free event they are always searching for people to volunteer. There are a number of volunteer positions, including but not limited to: Timekeeper (responsible for recording the participants finishing times); Finish Tokens (handing out the tokens in correct order to the finishers); Photographer (capturing the moments of the participants pure joy/pain); Tail Walker (the last person to cross the finish line, making sure everyone has finished and is safe).

For a full volunteer roster check out your local parkrun’s website, or sign up for future volunteering positions at your parkrun event.

Before you begin your parkrun experience, please remember to register online here.

You will be given a personal barcode which you will need to print off and keep with you for every event. I have laminated mine so it will not be ruined by rain, sweat and tears.

So, for all you Adelaideans, here is a list of parkruns in our neighbourhood (and some a bit farther away, if you’re wanting a road trip):

Aldinga Beach
The Esplanade, Aldinga Beach 5173

Christies Beach
The Esplanade, Christies Beach 5165

Clare Valley
Clare Showgrounds, Main North Rd, Clare 5453

Cleland
Cleland Conservation Park, 365 Mt Lofty Summit Rd, Crafers 5152

Gawler
Clonlea Reserve, Murray Rd, Willaston 5118

Lochiel
Geoff Heath Golf, James St, Campbelltown 5074

Mawson Lakes
Mason Lakes Blvd & Main St, Mawson Lakes 5095

Mount Barker
Homemaker Centre, 6 Dutton Rd, Mount Barker 5251

Mount Gambier
Blue Lake Reserve, Mount Gambier 5290

Murray Bridge
Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge 5253

Port Lincoln
61 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln 5606

Renmark
Renmark Riverfront, Renmark 5341

Strathalbyn
Rotary Park, Sunter St, Strathalbyn 55255 (behind the Terminus Hotel)

Torrens
Torrens Lake Weir, North Adelaide 5006

Victor Harbor
2 Franklin Parade, Victor Harbor 5211

West Beach
Harold and Cynthia Anderson Reserve, Seaview Rd, West Beach 5024

Important Information
parkrun is a FREE 5km timed event.
parkrun is held every Saturday at 8am
Before you begin, register here
For more information visit the parkrun website



parkrun, free 5km run event, Adelaide, South Australia, various locations



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