I started running four years ago when I came to Australia. I wanted to be able to measure my improvements and challenge myself. That's when I started running some parkruns.
Parkrun started in the UK in 2004 with a very simple concept: 5km run, walk or jog every Saturday at 8am and it's completely free. You just have to create a profile on their website and print your barcode, so you can track your results.
It took the world by storm and parkrun can now be found in more than 17 countries.
I started with Claisebrook Cove which is one of the biggest here in WA. Later, I tried some smaller ones such as Cottesloe, Maylands and Carine. In November 2017, I heard that a new one was opening in Whitfords Nobes and at this stage, my 10 years old son was very keen to see how fast he could be. We went there and discovered a very friendly team and a course that is a bit different. This one is slightly more difficult because it includes a stiff hill in the dunes. The course starts with an out and back on the path following the sea and then send you in the beautiful dunes of Whitfords Nobes for 1 kilometre or so and you finish with another out and back on the path longing the beach.
This parkrun is situated in a very lovely part of Hillarys that I have never explored before and is an interesting opportunity to bring some hills into your training. If you love a cruisy flat course, this one is not for you. The only inconvenience is that dogs are not allowed in that park. And like every parkrun, you are welcome to join the participants, volunteers and organisers at the Overboard Cafe.
To ensure that parkrun will keep existing and growing, please remember to volunteer three times a year as recommended on their website.