Karkarook parkrun – Meet your fellow Karkies – 22nd September 2021




In this week’s edition of our “Meet your fellow Karkies” series, Natalie finds out how Hilary found out about parkrun and why she loves it so much.

We have also delved into the photo archives and found some photos of Hilary’s parkrun journey, from her first event at Launceston to parkrunning at Karkarook with her son and some more recents walks with her super dog Penny.




I was first introduced to parkrun in January 2017 when staying with friends in Launceston. We really enjoyed our morning – Tasmanian parkrun starts at a more civil time of 9:00.

When we were back in Melbourne, my son and I joined a very new Karkarook parkrun.




After a few weeks of Karkarook fun, my son needed Saturday morning transport which ended our parkrun fun. A few years later, we adopted our beautiful dog Penny. She was the incentive I needed to get back to parkrun.

Penny and I have made many new friends at parkrun. It took a long while before Natalie remembered my name, but Penny was instantly well known. Penny’s enthusiasm at the Karki start line causes much amusement, with much howling and eagerness to get going. We are near the back walkers and just enjoy the atmosphere and vibe of the event.



Besides the first run in Launceston, all our parkruns have been at Karkarook. I did try to do a visiting parkrun when on holiday in Warrnambool, but for some reason, it was cancelled. I was so disappointed as it is also such a pretty venue.

We are stuck on 48 runs and are itching to get to our 50. Hope it will happen soon.



I am also a Joey Scout leader and I love walking in the bush. parkrun keeps me fit so I can keep up with my Joeys.