News - 7th September 2021

parkrun profile: Rockhampton

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Rockhampton in central Queensland is the state’s fourth largest city and is home to a beautiful parkrun running through their botanic gardens.

 

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With a population of about 80,000 people, Rockhamptom is a busy industrial and agriculture hub and is also recognised as the beef capital of Australia with a thriving livestock industry.

 

Rockhampton parkrun takes in views of the parkland and adjoining lagoon. The challenging course has a few loops and turns and a “slight incline” in the last kilometre. Pelicans and emus can often be spotted on course.

 

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The tallest and arguably the most awe-inspiring of all Queensland’s war monuments, the Cenotaph to the First World War, is situated near the finish line. While the course is pram friendly, dogs are not permitted.

 

After completing their 5km, participants and volunteers at Rockhampton parkrun can visit the zoo, which is also in the botanic gardens, then head for a hot drink and breakfast at the Garden Tearooms.

 

Rockhampton parkrun was launched on 19 March 2016 and averages 218 finishers a week.

 

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Rockhampton parkrun run director Teena Myburgh has been involved with parkrun for several years and has run or walked more than 100 times.

 

“My husband and children also run, and we have established a nice group of friends that we have breakfast with afterwards. My volunteering has evolved to being one of the run directors and I promote parkrun to everyone I meet. To me parkrun is about community, inclusiveness, and physical and mental health benefits and always guaranteed to be fun,” she said.

 

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Rockhampton’s most “notable” volunteer is Rory, who marshals each week on what’s now known as “Rory’s corner”.

 

Rory started off walking parkrun with his support worker but quickly decided volunteering was more his thing.

 

Rory now happily cheers all participants every week.

 

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Check out the Rockhampton parkrun website here and the Facebook page here.

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