Stanthorpe parkrun celebrated their 4th birthday last Saturday in blustery conditions. 77 parkrunners and walkers from all over including Stanthorpe, Highfields, Warwick, Brisbane and the coast turned up to join in celebrations. Special guests included Ian Wickham, parkrun Event Ambassador, along with the Warwick parkrun event team who offered their time to volunteer, and also Kirsten Ellis who set up Stanthorpe parkrun 4 years ago.
parkrun has changed the lives of many people across Australia and in Stanthorpe it’s no different. Over the past 12 months participants have collectively completed the course 3291 at the local event and each week about a third of our parkrunners actually park walk, and are every bit as valued as faster runners.
Each month Stanthorpe parkrun awards a parkrunner of the month to acknowledge someone’s dedication and commitment not just to their own parkrunning, but also to the local event. Kirsty Irwin was presented with the November award, and was acknowledged for attending all the November events, volunteering once and achieving a personal best time. She was also recognised for achieving the most personal best times out of anybody at Stanthorpe parkrun in the last year, with 13! Well done Kirsty.
There were 4 personal best times on Saturday from Charlie, Jackie, Ray and Nigel - well done guys. After the run participants enjoyed some delicious birthday cake donated by Vixens Bakery Café along with great coffee from the Piccolo Coffee Van.
Stanthorpe parkrun happens at Talc Street every Saturday at 7am and anybody who would like to give parkrun a go can register at www.parkrun.com.au or contact the local team on firstname.lastname@example.org.