Mar 19, 2022
Some days it's nice to go for a walk in the park. If you live in or near Mount Barker, Laratinga Wetlands is a great place to go, with shady trails to suit whatever length of walk you have in mind. There's plenty to look at and you can have a nice chat with a friend as you stroll along.
But if it's a Saturday morning, don't be surprised if your quiet morning walk suddenly becomes a lot more busy. You've met the worldwide phenomenon known as Parkrun.
Every Saturday morning hundreds of people of all descriptions meet and go for a 5 kilometre run or walk. Parkrun is a free, volunteer run activity which just keeps growing in popularity.
Mount Barker Parkrun has just reached its 8th birthday. Not a bad achievement when Parkrun has only been in Australia for eleven years.
Recently I headed down to the little park out the back of the home maker centre to find out what all the fuss is about. This week, instead of one long sit-down interview with a single guest, I have a lot of guests who joined me before, during and after the run. If the last couple of chats get a bit noisy, just pretend you're in your favourite cafe.