Century of Saturday parkruns

Century of Saturday parkruns

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Canning river parkrun will celebrate the achievements of five participants who will take part in their 100th parkrun on Saturday.

Parkrun, a free weekly five-kilometre timed event organised by volunteers, recognises members when they run their 50th, 100th and 200th course.

Canning river parkrun director Adrian Kenny said the five parkrunners showed incredible enthusiasm whenever they came to do their run.

“We have such a diverse group of people, it’s amazing,” he said.

“John Talbot would be in his 70s and he runs marathons all over the world.

“Tania Baldwin walks-runs most of the time so she’s not a frontrunner but is a great example for people who want to walk parkrun.

“Ben Harris, I swear he’d leak hydrolic fluid if he cut himself, he’s a machine.

“Dan Baldwin is one of our run directors, he’s so dedicated to parkrun and Caro Vos is just a lovely young lady.”

Mr Kenny said there was a common theme among the five centurions and he was humbled to be a part of this weekend’s special event.

“All five of these people are so selfless and inclusive, from frontrunners like Ben to the back of the field, they encourage everyone else participating and are very community minded,” he said.

“It’s a delight and absolute sheer pleasure to host an event in general that encourages people to be so radically inclusive.

“There’ll be cake after the run and hopefully we’ll fire up some barbecues.”

Ms Vos was excited about the weekend’s celebrations and that the most enjoyable thing about parkrun was people could attend in beautiful parks all over the country.

“No matter where I go for parkrun, I meet such friendly and supportive people at every venue,” she said.

Canning river parkrun is on every Saturday from 8am at Canning river regional park.

To join parkrun visit www.parkrun.com.au and bring your barcode on the day.