It is a double blow for parkrun to be cancelled.
For the first time in 15 years there will not be a parkrun anywhere in the world.
Not only have we lost our run, but we have lost our tribe.
We established Bathurst parkrun nearly four years ago, and it has grown to be far more than just a run/trot/walk around the river every week.
While it is a trigger for many of our 250-plus participants to exercise each week, it has also developed into a social hub, a strong, supportive community within our region.
With no commercial aspect, the free weekly event invites everyone to participate and is inclusive and welcoming to all.
That element, combined with the social interactions and the friendly banter between people of all ages and social backgrounds, makes it a heart-warming, supportive place; a place to escape the hassles of life for an hour or two each week.
With the cancellation, that opportunity for gaining comfort, for sharing a laugh, for supporting one another in these difficult times has been taken from all of us.
Some have said to us that we should be happy that we have our Saturday mornings back, but nothing could be further from the truth.
We love our parkrun community, our friendships, our interactions, and we will be the first in line when circumstances allow us to meet up again for a chat and a laugh at 8am every Saturday.