I haven’t looked back since I ran my first parkrun last June. You may remember I mentioned parkrun once or twice in my year of running. It gets me out of bed of a Saturday morning (hence encouraging me not to over-indulge after work on a Friday), it has helped me improve my running and I’ve made some good friends through it.

Most of my parkruns have been at Westerfolds parkrun, with a few tourist runs. Westerfolds Park is beautiful, but it is a bit of a trek from where we live. In fact, heading to parkrun is about the only time I use our car these days.

After a pre-run briefing last month, the local Territory Director mentioned that he was looking to form a parkrun in my home suburb of Coburg. We got talking after that morning’s run and from there started planning Coburg parkrun, which I am pleased to say will launch on 16 May 2015!

The official webpage went up today and it was a bitter-sweet moment when I switched my “Home run” from Westerfolds to Coburg. I shall miss my regular Saturday morning run with friends there (but look forward to being a tourist in future). That said, I’m delighted to be able to give something back to parkrun. It’s a superb global community, mostly run by volunteers, who provide a social way to enjoy keeping fit and healthy. I’m looking forward providing Coburg with its own parkrun and seeing it grow as Westerfolds has grown.

If it’s your thing, you can follow Coburg parkrun on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Strava or Twitter. Perhaps I’ll see you there for a run if you’re in the area?

Thanks for your support!