AT LONG last, for many, parkrun is back this Saturday morning at 8am at Inverloch, Koonwarra, Mirboo North and Churchill Island on Phillip Island.
But it hasn’t been a total layoff for the parkrun community with many first timers taking up the ‘not parkrun’ movement whereby you can run your own parkrun in your own time.
Gippsland ambassador for parkrun, Tony O’Connell of Cape Paterson, says he’s raring to go and will line up, with the appropriate amount of spacing, for the start of the Inverloch run on Saturday, January 16.
“It’s been a long time coming but a lot of things have had to go into hibernation for the pandemic,” said Tony.
“We’ll just be doing a few things differently on the day. We won’t be having a long briefing, just a few safety notices and then we’ll be off.
“The awards and milestone announcements will be back some day but not at the moment.
“We’d also ask that people separate out on the run and don’t run in packs.
“Run with your household group or on your own but masks are not required,” he said.
“We’ve had plenty of good feedback about restarting parkrun and it will give all those people, 9000 Australia-wide I think, who’ve only ever done parkrun virtually, to come out for their first run.
“But we’ve also got solid supporters of parkrun who say they will still be leaving it for a few more weeks.”
Tony said that the four South Gippsland/Bass Coast events had all done their preparation work and had been given the all clear to restart – thanks to the local volunteers!
“The one thing we do ask is that everyone comes with their own PRINTED barcode. We won’t be able to scan barcodes off the phone or enter numbers manually.”
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Happy parkrunning this Saturday – see you there for the 8am sharp start.