Clare Valley parkrun turns one

Runners, walkers and alike at the start line on Saturday, April 15, for the Easter weekend run.

Runners, walkers and alike at the start line on Saturday, April 15, for the Easter weekend run.

Every Saturday for the past year, runners, walkers and joggers alike have come together to enjoy the five kilometre Clare Valley parkrun. 

Held along the Riesling Trail, parkrun began as an idea from Clare’s Natalie Clothier who turned it into a weekly event. 

This Saturday Clare Valley parkrun will celebrate its first birthday and they’re hoping to get as many people out to it as possible. 

Ms Clothier said in 2016 Clare’s parkrun was crowned the smallest in Australia, with an average of 16 participants turning out each week. 

However this has changed and the numbers have grown – the highest turnout was 56 participants – and this steady increase has been a positive for the group. 

“Last year, just before Christmas and the New Year we had a steady growth,” Ms Clothier said. 

“We gets lots of lovely feedback.” 

Clare Valley parkrun has seen participants from every state and territory in Australia, along with international visitors from United Kingdom, Italy and Germany. 

“Lots of people have changed their holiday just to take part in it.” 

With 170 local participants registered for Clare Valley parkrun, Ms Clothier said not all of those have turned out, but they won’t also come all at the same time. 

“It’s one of those beautiful things where you come when you can,” she said. 

Ms Clothier said parkrun was for everyone, from the elite runners to your every day run for fitness types, walkers and children. 

parkrun doesn’t discriminate age or ability – it’s open to everyone and all are encouraged to take part. 

Held along the Riesling Trail, Ms Clothier said it often attracted many holiday makers. 

“It’s been a massive benefit to not just me, but the people who come along.” 

“There’s always great stories of people who do not know what they would do without it,” she said. 

This Saturday a post-run celebration cake can be enjoyed by participants – made by Kathy Tilbrook – brief speeches and it is hoped a member of Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council will start the run. 

“We might just crack the 60 runners,” Ms Clothier said. 

“Hopefully lots of locals turn out for this one.” 

If you want to join parkrun, you can register at www.parkrun.com.au

It’s free to register. 

Distance: 5 kilometres

Time: briefing at 7.45am

Who? all are welcome to join in the 5km event, walkers, runners, joggers. 

Prams can be brought along, as well as dogs (on a lead) but no push bikes or scooters are allowed. 

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