YOU may start to notice the bright yellow running singlets of the Wonthaggi Road Runners moving around the streets of the local towns soon.
The new singlets feature a man and a woman running in front of a wind turbine to signify the local area.
The Wonthaggi Road Runners numbers are on the up.
It is a casual running group which is free to all who want to join in.
There are no membership fees and no commitments needed.
Despite that, the Road Runners regularly get a dozen runners to the Monday and Thursday late-afternoon running sessions.
On Mondays the group run an interval session on a short one kilometre loop circuit.
The beauty of this is that anyone – from beginners to speedy – can come along and run at their own pace.
For those who want to, there is a 200m interval where runners can have a sprint.
A highlight of this session is that runners get to pass one another and give support to each other.
Thursday evenings the group meets somewhere around the district for a Headlampers run.
The pace is usually pretty easy and based on the speed of the slowest runner in the group.
It is a group run and there is always plenty of chatter along the way.
Both of these groups meet at around 5.45pm each evening and the details are shared through the Wonthaggi Road Runners Facebook page.
Other runs, such as frequent Sunday morning runs, are also organised through the Facebook group.
A feature near the end of summer was a Thursday evening run from Koonwarra to Meeniyan, followed by pizzas at the local pizza restaurant.
It is the social aspect of the group that is ensuring its success.
The Road Runners were a force in Wonthaggi in the mid 1980s and this group has two of the original members; Glenn and Heather Sullivan.
Local parkrun guru Tony O’Connell is also on board and organises the Headlampers runs.
The re-emergence of the Wonthaggi Road Runners is largely due to the success of Inverloch parkrun.
Many of the Road Runners also run at Inverloch on most Saturday mornings.
The new singlets have been sighted far and wide in their first few weeks.
Loch’s Bill Barry debuted the singlet at Albert parkrun on June 4.
He sizzled around Albert Park lake in 19:12 to run in 9th place against some very talented runners.
At the same time many of the local parkrunners were at Inverloch showing off the new singlets on the Inverloch foreshore.
The following day the Sullivan family ran 10km at the Traralgon marathon festival.
In damp conditions four of the five ran personal bests in the new singlets on the new course.
Glenn shot around in just on 38 minutes to take the gold medal in the 40 to 49 age group.
Heather ran in 48 minutes to be third in the same age group.
Emma ran her PB in just over the hour, while her partner, Brett, ran it in just over 45 minutes.
Matt has been out of training but still managed to cruise around in just over 40 minutes.
Last Saturday the singlet made an appearance at Churchill parkrun in the Valley.
Bill Barry was again pacy getting around the course in 19:27 and running into second place.
Churchill’s Heather Farley, an honorary Road Runner, also modelled the singlet as she ran the course in just over 26 minutes.
So keep your eye out for the new singlets around and about. If you are interested in joining in all the fun then just join the group on Facebook and keep up to date with all the runs.
Wonthaggi Road Runners take off