Make a running start into new year

(L-R): Kath Shipard; Linsay Sharpe; Ian Hoad and Loretto Fraser. Photo by Damjan Janevski.

By Jessica Micallef

Macedon Ranges residents are being encouraged to put a run in their step.

The Macedon Ranges Running Club will be hosting a 13-week Start to Run journey to encourage people to get into shape.

Club secretary Lindsay Sharpe said the program suits all fitness levels.

“You walk and run at your own pace … it’s not a competition,” Mr Sharpe said.

“In the first eight weeks, you can run zero to five kilometres and then you can extend to 10 kilometres.

“You run for one minute and walk for two minutes … then the run time slowly increases and the walk time slowly decreases.”

The club has organised a five-kilometre run and walk at the Sankey Reserve in Gisborne as part of the Australia Day festivities on Saturday.

“We manage the Australia Day run with the Macedon Ranges council,” Mr Sharpe said.

“We encourage people to wear the colours of the Australian flag or green and gold.

“It’s a good lead-in to Australia Day.”

The 13-week program starts on January 28 in Woodend and Romsey and January 29 in Gisborne, Kyneton, Macedon and Riddells Creek. For details on start times and locations, visit