HAPPY BIRTHDAY: 90 runners took part in Wondai Parkrun's second birthday celebration.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: 90 runners took part in Wondai Parkrun's second birthday celebration. Claudia Williams

Wondai Parkrun celebrates milestone in style

NEENA Love of Wondai admits that two years ago she couldn't run two kilometres and now she is working towards running her first half-marathon at the Wondai Country Running Festival.

She said the inception of Wondai Parkrun in 2017 is responsible for new new found love for running.

"I have never been fit and because of Parkrun and a healthy lifestyle I am now doing triathlons and I am going to do a half-marathon in June,” she said.

"It is going to be a real challenge, I have never run more than 10km, so I am going to be stretching myself.

"That's the thing with Parkrun you come and you end up setting goals and doing things that you never thought you could do.”

The Wondai event celebrated two years today with more than 90 people taking part on the South Burnett Rail Trail and Love celebrated her own milestone.

She has completed the 5km course 50 s and volunteered at Wondai Parkrun 25 times.

Her son, Soul, who holds the course record at Wondai encouraged her to get involved and now she tells everyone to give it a go.

"You should get yourself to Parkrun because it gets you out there and it gets you social,” she said.

"I didn't know anyone when I came to the first Wondai Parkrun and now I know heaps of people.

"Come along and run and if you can't run volunteer. We love our volunteers and are always looking for extras.”

Each week at 7am an average of 50 people, from near and far, take part in the event.

The support Wondai Parkrun has received has exceeded the expectations of event organiser Ros Heit.

"I am happy that people are enjoying it, however many there are,” she said.

"It is really good for the locals to get out and enjoy the social aspect and it is so good for mental well being.”

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