Runners wanted

Point Cook Runners club president Stephen Fee with club members at Saltwater Reserve. (Damjan Janevski) 417448_01

Normally clubs put a call out for new members when they’re struggling for numbers or when they’re new themselves.

The Point Cook Runners Club is neither of these things, yet is still on the lookout for people who want to join, particularly those from other parts of Wyndham.

Established 10 years ago, Point Cook Runners now has about 100 members, aged from their early teens to late 60’s and running in all sorts of events and distances.

“It’s a bit of everything,” club president Stephen Fee said.

“We have about 50 members who do Parkrun on Saturdays and also volunteer. We have people who can do a 17-minute Parkrun or a 55-minute parkrun.”

Like a lot of other running clubs, Point Cook Runners have benefited from parkrun, the social running phenomenon which has exploded in popularity in recent years.

“One hundred per cent,” said Mr Fee when asked if it had boosted their numbers.

“Parkrun’s a massive thing for running clubs because it gets people started and then when they get a little more confident they join a club.”

If that club is Point Cook Runners, new members will have access to five Athletics Victoria accredited coaches who run sessions on Tuesday evenings, either at Point Cook’s Saltwater Reserve in winter, or at locations all across Wyndham during the summer.


Cade Lucas