Parade: A record attendance at Bathurst parkrun on Saturday

SNAPSHOT: Check out this awesome picture from Phil Blatch, from up at Mount Panorama, for this year's Newton's Nation.
SNAPSHOT: Check out this awesome picture from Phil Blatch, from up at Mount Panorama, for this year's Newton's Nation.

There was a record attendance for Bathurst parkrun on Saturday, when 322 early risers got up for the weekly five kilometre run by the Macquarie River. 

Bathurst parkrun first began on July 30, 2016, with the previous best attendance of 303 on February 2 this year.

Saturday’s event was the 88th parkrun, meaning the 100th isn’t too far round the corner.

Even Parade has had a go at parkrun before – three official times and several uncompleted attempts due to severe laziness. 

Don’t know what parkrun is?

Well it’s a five kilometre run that starts at 8am every Saturday, at Bicentennial Park on the corner of William and Stanley Streets. 

The event is free but you need to register before hand at http://www.parkrun.com.au/bathurst if you want your time recorded.

Big thank you to electricians 

Over a week ago, the Bathurst Gold Crown was thrown into chaos after a blackout, with the city’s premier Group 1 race looking likely to be cancelled.

But thanks to hard work of a group of dedicated electricians, the lights were back on and racing continued.

To pay tribute to their help, the Bathurst Harness Racing Club has named its first six races on Wednesday night’s meeting after those electricians – Ben Hagney, Jack Hagney, Craig White, Hudson White, McCoy White and Jason Davis. 

The first race is at 5.12pm.

Betting on a Royal name

It’s not long now until Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge welcome their third children.

And while Parade is not a betting man himself, you can actually bet on everything related to the soon to be prince or princess.

Sportsbet.com.au is offering markets for the sex of the third royal baby, the birth date and a list of highly exotic market including name, weight, time of birth and day of the week.

If you didn’t think that was bizarre, there’s markets on Prince Harry, ranging from his best man of his wedding day to whether it will be confirmed that his wife-to-be Meghan Markle is pregnant.