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What The Hills?!

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.