Gemma Haddick, Therese Woodward and Kellie Pogany are looking forward to the first Nanango parkrun.
Gemma Haddick, Therese Woodward and Kellie Pogany are looking forward to the first Nanango parkrun. Contributed

How a Facebook post inspired a new event for South Burnett

WHEN a Nanango resident took to Facebook to ask the community for suggestions about what they would like to see in the town, Therese Woodward put forward the idea of a parkrun.

After receiving an overwhelming positive response to the idea, Mrs Woodward decided she would put in the work to help make it a reality.

After months of planning and setbacks, Nanango has the green light from parkrun Australia to become the host of the weekly five-kilometre event.

"Social media cops a bagging, but it can be positive,” Mrs Woodward said.

"A lot of people have helped me out, and thanks to the support of the community this is happening.”

The parkrun will take place on the Ros Gregor Nature Walk, and will include medium inclines and declines, and an alternative course during wet weather.

Mrs Woodward knows first-hand how beneficial being active can be as she regularly walks 10-20km with friends.

Therese Woodward, Jewels King and Alison Connor have all played a role in establishing Nanango's parkrun.
Therese Woodward, Jewels King and Alison Connor have all played a role in establishing Nanango's parkrun. Contributed

She is looking forward seeing the community use parkrun as an opportunity to get active in a supportive environment.

"I have had many people asking If I could help them and this is one way everyone can come and have a try,” she said.

When the event needed financial backing, Lanskey Constructions, currently refurbishing the Nanango library, stepped up and put $7500 towards the event.

Mrs Woodward said she was grateful for the support from the company, South Burnett Regional Council and the greater Nanango community to ensure the success of the bid.

South Burnett residents are no stranger to parkrun - Wondai is reaping the rewards of its successful events.

Ros Heit, a key organiser and volunteer for Wondai's parkrun,will be on hand in Nanango to help Mrs Woodward train volunteers and pass on words of wisdom.

Volunteers from Warwick and runners from Dalby have also committed to helping Nanango get the event off the ground.

While they are still waiting on a launch date, Mrs Wooward said she was hopeful the first parkrun in Nanango would be held in October.

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