Pounding the park

Riverton resident Adrian Kenny.
Riverton resident Adrian Kenny.

The course makes its way through Canning River Regional Park and finishes near the Kent Street Weir.

Mr Kenney said he created the weekly run with Jeremy Savage after discovering the parkrun in Queensland.

‘I joke that running is a testament to my mid-life crisis; two years ago the thought of running was laughable,’ he said. ‘My goal on my first parkrun was to get around the 5km in under 30 minutes.

‘Now I’m aiming to get in under 20 minutes and have somehow turned into one of the faster runners.’

Mr Kenny has now completed two marathons and regularly runs half marathons as training runs.

Each week, more than 1000 runners across WA participate in parkrun.

Mr Kenny said parkrun had taken off across Australia because it was a free, timed, 5km run every Saturday morning in the same location.

‘What makes Canning River so unique is the number of families and kids that run with us, cheering each other on to their personal best times,’ he said.

‘The encouragement and camaraderie is why we now have a regular attendance of between 100 and 150 people.’

Parkruns happen weekly in Claisebrook Cove, Pioneer (Gosnells), Rockingham, Aveley, Carine Glades, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, Manjimup and across the world.

It was established in the United Kingdom in 2004.

There are now 299 events worldwide with more than 44,000 runners participating every Saturday morning.

Events are organised by local volunteers. For more information email tim@|parkrun.com or canningriver|Office@parkrun.com.