Record crowd puts on joggers for latest Bathurst Parkrun

HAPPY AND HEALTHY: Bathurst Parkrun is held each Saturday.

HAPPY AND HEALTHY: Bathurst Parkrun is held each Saturday.

BATHURST Parkrun continues to gather momentum.

The weekly run – a free timed event in which participants are encouraged to improve each week, rather than compete against others – has been around for nearly two years, but there is no sign of flagging interest.

In fact, last Saturday, during the 80th event, a record 303 people turned up to run, jog or walk the five-kilometre course at Bicentennial Park, according to co-event director Stephen Jackson.

“Thirty-eight were first-timers and 59 recorded new personal bests,” he said.

Bathurst Parkrun is held every Saturday at 8am, rain, hail, or shine. 

“It is now averaging over 170 starters every single week, and has quickly become a social hub for Bathurst with over 2200 locals registered,” Mr Jackson said.

He said he and his co-event director and co-event founder Jennifer Arnold are “amazed by the community spirit shown by participants and by the dozen or so of those participants who volunteer every week, making sure the event goes well - our roster is always full three weeks out”.

Mr Jackson said everyone is welcome to take part.

Visit parkrun.com.au or Bathurst Parkrun on Facebook.

“Just register for free at parkrun.com.au, print your barcode, and come down at 7.50am next Saturday for your weekly social five kilometres,” Mr Jackson said.