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Runners Return

Story: Brooke Jacobson
Nov 21, 2020
Runners Return
Sandgate Parkrun is back and organisers are expecting more fitness enthusiasts than ever to be pounding the pavement.

Organiser Vanessa Gibson said the weekly event would return starting from 28 November, after stopping earlier this year due to COVID-19.

“We had to pull the pin back in March and that was a guideline from national headquarters,” she said.

“We always took a wait-and-see approach, and nationally it’s being decided on a state-by-state basis.

“We’ve missed it so much, our community has missed it – just the opportunity to run or walk with like-minded people again will be great.”

Vanessa said they were expecting “big numbers”.

“A lot of people may have started exercising during social isolation and now is their chance to come along and check out Parkrun,” she said.

“Also of course we have a COVID-safe plan; there will be a QR code for our runners to check in and we’re required to provide hand sanitiser for all our volunteers.

“Earlier this year we might have thought those kind of conditions (for participating) were too much for people, but now I think we’re all just used to it.”

Vanessa said she also wanted other foreshore users to be aware the group was back.

“We will be in Sandgate from Arthur Davis Park to the Pier, in quite large numbers, each Saturday from 7am to 8am,” she said.

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