FUN FITNESS: Chinchilla's unofficial parkrunners enjoy going for a walk, jog or run.
FUN FITNESS: Chinchilla's unofficial parkrunners enjoy going for a walk, jog or run. Brooke Duncan

Chinchilla gets ready to hit the ground running at parkrun

parkrun: There's one in Miles and one in Dalby and soon enough Chinchilla's will be official too.

A dedicated group of runners and walkers have taken to tracks around Charley's Creek every Saturday morning for the past three years as part of an unofficial parkrun, and their hard work is paying off.

Chinchilla's Ronald Thompson started the group and said after council staff saw the success of parkruns in Miles and Dalby, they were eager to help out.

The council has almost finished bringing the walking tracks up to official parkrun standards.

The parkrun group also needs a one-off $7000 to get the event off the ground.

It's a number they've just about secured.

The official event is an international endeavour, with parkrunners across the globe able to check online when they're travelling to see if places they visit also host a local run.

All their kilometres and times can be clocked, adding up week after week.

"So you can expect to see people of a weekend who are just passing through,” MrThompson said.

For Chinchilla resident and councillor Kaye Maguire, it's great for fitness and a wonderful way to start the weekend.

"For me, I have been really slack and not really done any exercise. It's one of those things you say you're going to do, you're going to do, but a couple of people kept encouraging me: 'Kaye, come on, join us for parkrun',” she said.

"So I started, and I know it's feeling better within yourself. It has really improved my whole body, health and wellbeing.

"It is about getting together with people you don't see during the week and then we get together for a coffee and brekkie afterwards, so it starts the weekend really well.”

For Mr Thompson, it's great to see others get out and about, and he's looking forward to the event growing after it gets its official tick of approval.

"Really, all you need is a pair of sandshoes. You don't need a gym membership or anything, you can just put on a pair of shoes and go for a run, listen and see what's going on. This particular run, given that it's next to the creek, is scenic and it's good for the soul,” he said.

At the moment the group is hopeful they'll be able to hit the ground running as an official parkrun in May.


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