Gainsborough Greens parkrun unites Pimpama community
A new Embracing 2018-funded parkrun event in Gainsborough Greens has had a bumper start to life, with more than 230 runners turning out across the first two events.
The run forms part of the #Parkrun4Everyone campaign, which will see $100,000 invested to launch 20 new parkrun sites across Australia as a legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Event Director Cameron Jenkins said he had been looking to start a run since moving to the area from Victoria earlier in the year.
“Parkrun is fantastic for the lifelong friends you meet along the journey,” Mr Jenkins said.
“Having moved to a new suburb, that’s exactly what we were looking for. We wanted to share the parkrun experience with an active-minded community.
“I really embraced the whole parkrun system as a Run Director when we lived in Victoria and really enjoy volunteering. When we moved up here in June first things we did was look for the closest run, which was some distance away in Coomera.
Mr Jenkins said the five kilometre course was perfect for everyone from serious racers to beginners, with plenty of opportunity for the community to connect.
“We had a runner who just posted a time of 16:48 and others who walk the course with their kids,” he said.
“It’s a really family friendly course with a wide path right near a playground with bubblers. You’ve got the wetlands on one side and housing on the other. We’ve met a fantastic group of people so far and look forward to meeting a lot more on the way.”
Gainsborough Greens parkrun meets at Aquila Park every Saturday for a 7am sharp start.