Few individuals were happier to put 2020 behind them than Forster's devoted parkrun followers, who completed their first official run in more than nine months on Saturday, January 2.
"It was so good to be back," race director Christine Woodhouse said.
"Everyone was thrilled."
Despite some minor COVIDsafe changes to the event, Ms Woodhouse said everything ran smoothly, with 110 people turning out for the return of the popular five-kilometre run.
She said there was a good mix of locals and visitors among the participants and no shortage of volunteers to help out.
"It was a nice number to handle for our first one," Ms Woodhouse said.
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A return to fine weather saw even more people turn out for the organisation's second event on Saturday, January 9, with over 130 people taking part.
Ms Woodhouse said she expected plenty of visitors to join in throughout the rest of the month.
"While the holiday season is still on we're expecting visitors," she said.
Both Taree and Gloucester parkruns made their returns on Saturday, December 19, following the NSW Government's decision to increase participation numbers at outdoor community sports events from 500 to 3000 people, but Ms Woodhouse said her and her fellow organisers were happy to wait for the new year.
"After the crappy year we all had, we wanted people to stay home with their families for Christmas. That's why we waited until January 2," she said.
"We were happy with our decision."
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Ms Woodhouse said the event was set to proceed smoothly from here on in, with plenty of volunteers putting their hands up to help.
Forster parkrun is held every Saturday morning at 8am.
For more information, visit the Forster parkrun Facebook page.
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