Last month we ran a competition with Medibank to ‘Experience your ultimate parkrun’. The response was enormous with entries from all over the country.
With so many worthy submissions, the team at Medibank had a tough choice in picking the winner but the intrigue of visiting, perhaps our most remote parkrun, got Jennine from Brightwater parkrun an all expenses paid weekend away.
Jennine entered the competition on a dare, leaving until the last day entries were open to submit her entry after a discussion at Golden Beach parkrun that morning.
Why Weipa? “Why wouldn’t you choose Weipa? When it first opened nearly a year ago, it immediately went on the bucket list. It’s just so remote. It’s so out there!”
The journey to get to Weipa from the Sunshine Coast was a 7-hour trip. Leaving home at 4am, via Brisbane, Cairns and then finally landing at Weipa Airport just after 1pm. Alan Cook, the Event Director, picked up Jennine and organised a quick tour of the town, followed by an impromptu mine tour.
When parkrunday arrived it was a short walk from their accommodation to the start line where they were greeted by a fantastic local community. In a small town, Alan and his committee of Run Directors have built a fantastic event, where everybone knows each other and visitors are made to feel very welcome. It’s not a tourist town and according to Jennine “everybody was very open, warm and friendly. It didn’t matter where you came from, how fast you ran or the colour of your skin, we all are parkrunners.”
Alan described Weipa as the ‘Slowest parkrun in Australia’. Not because of the heat and humidity, but because they encouraged people to walk, run/walk, bring their dogs and just get out an exercise. parkrun is a run, not a race and Weipa is a fantastic example of that.
Medibank are a wonderful partner and Jennine couldn’t be more effusive in her praise for how they looked after her. And for the support they gave to Weipa parkrun and the local school.
This experience has reinforced Jennine’s love of touristing and is already planning new adventures for the rest of the year. Maybe none will top this ultimate experience, but she is willing to try.
A video was made documenting the trip, visit our Facebook to view it.
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