Parkrun Australia is for everyone

Team: Proving that parkun is for people of all ages, family matriarch Pat Bourne (centre) turned out with four generations of her family to participate.

Team: Proving that parkun is for people of all ages, family matriarch Pat Bourne (centre) turned out with four generations of her family to participate.

Whether you run, walk or something in between, parkun Australia is about the community getting out with nature.

Naracoorte parkrun continues to draw a crowd every Saturday morning, and with the weather now warming up, it's set to become even more popular.

Parkrun is an easy 8am start on a Saturday morning starting at the Naracoorte swimming lake with a 5km track winding through the nature park.

The local organisers said: "You get to see the changing seasons with the natives, freesias, occasional wallaby and so much more.

"Not only is it a free event, it is a timed event so you can see your progress by way of emails.

"It's easy not to come out, stay in bed or get busy with life stuff but this is less than an hour with a guarantee to make you feel good. It's for yourself or take your dog...they love it.

"It's about meeting people and having a chat, fitness and health. Make moments count - just do it."

The organisers would love the help of more volunteers to coordinate the weekly sessions. Anyone interested can just turn up on a Saturday morning and talk to an organiser.

Up to last month, Naracoorte parkun had held 23 events with 285 participants completing a total of 666 runs/walks. There's been an average of 29 participants each week, with a biggest attendance of 99. Participants have covered an amazing total distance of 3330km.

While parkun for most is not about speed, some participants have recorded impressive times for the 5km course.

The female record holder is Belinda Sinclair with a time of 23 minutes 09 seconds, and male record holder is Finn Johnson 17:42, while the age graded record holder is Mick Atherton 80.92% 20:21.

Parkrun continues at 8am every Saturday. To find out more, visit parkrun.com.au.