Still running: Community event saved

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Over 300 people that take part in Penrith Lakes Parkrun are celebrating after confirmation the event is here to stay.

The weekly 5km run, held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, faced an uncertain future in May after access to the gate runners used was cut off by the company that owns it due to safety and traffic concerns.

However, a solution has now been found to keep the event running.

Participants will use Gate A and, when another event is on, will use Gate C as a way to enter the Regatta Centre.

Penrith Lakes Parkrun Event Director, Shelley Cootes, said they are currently remeasuring their courses and couldn’t be happier to keep the event alive.

“The Regatta Centre team have been so helpful and have always been great to us,” Ms Cootes said.

“It’s very exciting that we get to stay – it’s where our heart is and we love that locals are finding the event beneficial for them.”

Ms Cootes said the Regatta Centre has purchased a visual message board, allowing anyone entering the Regatta Centre to clearly see where to park, helping to alleviate some traffic concerns that still existed.

Not only is Penrith Lakes Parkrun continuing but an option has also been put forward for a second Penrith Parkrun at the Nepean River.

Parkrun needs about $5000 to get up and running, prompting Ms Cootes to enter into a ‘local love’ competition.

To vote for a second Parkrun location in Penrith, visit and click ‘local love’.

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