Get fit, make friends and join a worldwide event without leaving Inverell – that’s what’s on offer at a new free community event starting Saturday, September 2.
Inverell parkrun is the brainchild of local resident Nicki Webb who was looking for a way to get back into exercise after having children.
“Parkrun is a worldwide scheme,” Ms Webb said of the movement in which volunteers organise weekly five kilometre runs that are open to everyone, safe and easy to join. Walkers are welcome too.
“My sister has been doing a parkrun in Tamworth and the nearest one to here has been in Armidale. Moree recently started one too,” she said.
Inverell parkrun will be held at 8am every Saturday. The route starts at Campbell Park travels up past the bowling club towards Northey Park, then doubles back into the CBD towards the O’Connor Street bridge before returning to Campbell again.
“We’ll follow the council walkway,” Ms Webb said.
Participants who finish the route will have their times recorded so they can track their progress over time.
“It’s not a competition for beating other people, it’s about your own personal best,” Ms Webb said.
“[And] you won’t be the last person because we’ll have a tail walker who’ll make sure everyone returns safely.”
People can come along on their own or as part of a group. They can push a pram or walk a dog, and join others for an optional morning coffee at Freckles cafe afterwards. Dress is something comfortable with jogging shoes.
Ms Webb is also looking for more volunteers to help her organise the runs.
For more information call Ms Webb on mobile 0417 417 793 or just register your intention to join by signing up on the “Inverell Facebook” page.
Photo Gallery: Inverell parkrun trial event link here.