Lithgow Parkrun has held 144 events over its three years with 1086 different runners participating and 104 walking and running clubs joining in on the fun.
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On Saturday, January 18 the club celebrated its third birthday with around 65 participants and another 10 or so volunteers.
Despite some rain, that didn't put off keen participants who enjoy the social event.
Run director Paul Black said he was very excited to be able to celebrate three years of Lithgow Park run.
"It has been a great three years, we have a constant 30 to 35 people a week and we just want to encourage even more people to come out," he said.
It is good for your health and fitness, it's free and it isn't a competition.- Paul Black
Frequent walker at Park Run Patricia Ciosmak celebrated her 50th walk at Parkrun, a massive achievement.
"We would love more walkers to attend, of course you have people running the five kilometre course in 19 minutes but we also have walkers finishing in 59 minutes and that is good too," he said.
"On average it takes around an hour to do 4 kilometres at normal walking speed, but we don't leave until that last person has crossed the line and we support them all the way."
Mayor Ray Thompson and councillor Maree Statham attended the event, where they gave speeches on the good work organisers of Lithgow Parkrun do.
"Maree was the one that helped us get going when she was mayor so as a founding organiser of park run it was amazing to have her there," he said.
A cake was donated to the group to celebrate the event from Jamies Cakes.
"We had a bunch of visitors to the event from Bathurst and Lawson, where we joked they only came for the cake," he said.
Black also wanted to thank Lithgow City Council, because one day before the event three out of the four women's toilets and all of the men's toilets weren't working.
"I couldn't have asked for better service because by Saturday morning all of the toilets were fixed," he said.
Parkrun has also had a change of starting venue, with the course starting in the Pony Club's open grass area.
"This has been so beneficial because we have the toilets, an undercover area, open grass area for kids to run around safely away from the cars if they don't want to participate in the actual run," he said.
"We can also make our own coffee after the run which makes it a bit more social and friendly and people can stay for a chat."
Air quality in Lithgow has also been a big topic of discussion lately with the Gospers Mountain Fire bringing smoke into the district.
"We haven't actually had much smoke in the valley where we run, so it has actually been good to get somewhere fresh," he said.
"The Valley was clean and green, and we have seen plenty of kangaroos, it is a nice place to come to see some animals and run in nature."
If you want to attend Lithgow Park Run they meet at 7.45am every Saturday morning at Lithgow Pony Club for an 8am start.
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