Maylands Peninsula parkrun organiser enlists councillors to help grow event ahead of group’s second anniversary


Bayswater councillors Stephanie Gray, Elli Petersen-Pik, Mayor Dan Bull, Crs Filomena Piffaretti and Lorna Clarke.
Bayswater councillors Stephanie Gray, Elli Petersen-Pik, Mayor Dan Bull, Crs Filomena Piffaretti and Lorna Clarke.

MAYLANDS Peninsula parkrun event director Bronwyn Bell is hoping to attract more walkers to join the group’s second anniversary celebration in March, following a City of Bayswater councillor’s event.

Mayor Dan Bull, councillors Stephanie Gray, Elli Petersen-Pik, Filomena Piffaretti, Lorna Clarke and Catherine Ehrhardt were among 75 participants who took part in the event held on February 11.

Parkrun events are free, 5km timed runs that start at Clarkson Reserve from 8am every Saturday.

The Maylands group will dress in green clothing as part of a St Patrick’s Day theme for its second anniversary event on March 17.

Ms Bell said there were between 60 and 80 people taking part in the run each week, which increased from having from 30 to 50 people in the group’s first year.

“I think the new year often makes people to try and do new year’s resolutions and that has been helpful too,” she said.

“I think it would be good for us to get more walkers as well because historically, we’ve had runners.

“We have had a lot more walkers this year as well and a couple of mothers, who just had their babies, have come back and push their pram.”

She said there would be a “pacer day” held during each quarter of the year, where volunteers would wear vests signalling timeframes for people to complete the run in.

Cr Bull said parkrun catered for all ages and abilities.

“There are mums with prams, dogs on a lead as well as some serious athletes – it’s completely inclusive,” he said.

“The parkrun event on the Maylands Peninsula is really popular which is not surprising given the stunning surroundings.”

For more information, visit www.parkrun.com.au/maylandspeninsula.

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