NEWCASTLE is fast becoming ‘‘the town of runners’’ if the pitter-patter of feet around Throsby Creek every weekend is anything to go by.
Each Saturday at 8am hundreds of people gather at Arnold Street in Carrington to take part in Newy parkrun.
Founded in Britain, parkrun is a series of five-kilometre running events that take place all over the world.
There are 18 such events in Australia but the Newcastle branch – which began in June – consistently has some of the highest new registration rates per week in the world.
For the past month, it has also attracted the biggest numbers in the country.
‘‘Newcastle is becoming known as ‘the town of runners’,’’ Newy parkrun event director Dave Robertson said.
More than 1000 people are registered with Newy parkrun, with close to 250 people turning up each week.
‘‘It has really taken off. Our record is 307, but I reckon we’ll hit 400 soon,’’ Mr Robertson said.
A Lake Macquarie parkrun is set to begin on February 9.
There has been talk of starting other parkruns in Nelson Bay and East Maitland.
Newy parkrun is free but you must register via parkrun.com.au/newy