Latest Event News: The SRF COVID-19 plan has hit Stage Two

Unfortunately due to the uncertainty and risks caused by the Coronavirus COVID-19, the 2020 event has been cancelled. The Shepparton Runners Club Committee have now implemented Stage Two of their COVID-19 plan.

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Running and Mental Health. It’s a state of mind!

What’s your state of mind during Covid-19?

Kate Dainton is a member of the Shepparton Runners Club, a mental health social worker, a real life mum juggler and a runner.  She knows how running and mental health can improve your state of mind. So as part of our #staystrong campaign we asked Kate for some top tips on how to deal with the change of routine, the restrictions and uncertainty that we all facing.  This two minute read could change your state of mind and change your day!

Mental health issues rise in a pandemic and finding motivation to run can become a struggle when routines have changed.  I have written some tips on the importance to keep running and stay somewhat sane.

1. Running can give you a sense of CONTROL

We can’t control the restrictions and the cancellations around us but we can control our mind and body. Doing something constructive and healthy for yourself gives you some much needed empowerment.

2. It brings us CONFIDENCE

In these times we need to feel like super hero’s! Pushing through excuses such as           I can’t do this” brings a shift in thinking of “I can

Neuroscience tell us that the more we use mind muscle power the stronger it gets and you become brain strong!

3. It teaches us RESILIENCE. The secret to running? Putting one foot in front of the other!

Take it one step at a time. As long as you’re moving forward, eventually you’ll make it through. This Virus is going to end. Keep moving sideways or forwards but not backwards. 

4. It gets you OUT OF YOUR HEAD 

We have more time to think and it is easy to get caught on the worry train. Running gets you out of your head and into nature. If your mind keeps talking to you while running have some great tunes or a podcast on hand. It’s a great time to practice mindful moving meditation while you run. Start with tuning into what you can hear, smell and see. Just try this for a for a minute and build the time. Brain muscle building again, right here.


Runner’s high isn’t just an expression, it’s a real thing. It floods your body with joy and adrenaline. It’s a free natural drug and better than other alternatives of high sugar food and  alcohol that increase weight gain.

6. It allows us to be A SELF MOTIVATOR!

Running teaches you that you can surprise yourself. Despite not wanting to get off Netflix you can self-motivate and get your feet out the door.

 7. It gives you CONNECTIONS

Yes!!! True. You can run with others (no more than 10) as long as you practice physical distancing, run with a pet or virtually and connect via strava. Listening to a podcast makes me feel like someone is talking to me. It also connects you to nature, the great outdoors which is a known depression buster. 

With all of this in mind the most important thing is to incorporate KINDNESS,  ACCEPTANCE and GRATITUDE. Lower your expectations on everything at the moment and try to embrace these challenges. 

I’ll end with a quote fitting to the current climate of missing out on things we love. 

“Shoot for the stars but if you happen to miss, shoot for the moon instead” Neil Armstrong.

There are still some great running events and milestones to be had, If we don’t see you at Shepparton Running Festival this year we hope to see you in 2021. And if you are new to running use this time to prepare for the return of Park Run 5km and many other fun events.

If none of your strategies are helping relieve symptoms of depression and or anxiety, reach out to a friend, GP’s and mental health professionals. We have got your back so you can get back on your journey for reaching for your own star. 

Take care, Kate.

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Race Director News – April Edition #3

Entries are paused until 15 June 2020. Our event is sitting still in Stage One of our COVID-19 plan, but this doesn’t mean you need to sit still. We are excited to share some info from Chris our club coach to help you stay strong. Read on for the full details.

Race Director News – March Edition #2

Here’s the latest news from our Race Director.

Shepparton Running Festival has implemented Stage One of our Coronavirus plan.

Read on for the full details from our Race Director.

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Race Director News – March Edition #1

Here’s the latest news from our Race Director.

Amid concerns regarding the Coronavirus we are all systems go for Shepp!

You will see monthly updates from our Race Director as we head towards our August event.

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Now’s the time to…ENTER and SAVE!

Goal-setter sale on NOW!

For 3 days only, until midnight Sunday March 1st, 2020.

Save 35% on Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10km and 5km distances.

Now’s the time to……set your goal!

Conditions apply: Terms and Conditions included in race waiver

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Your 2019 Race Results

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2019 Shepparton Running Festival. Race Results are now available. You also have the opportunity to print a souvenir certificate. If you have any queries please contact

We hope to see you back next year!

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The 2019 Athletes Guide will answer all your questions.

Race day is nearly here! For all the up to date event information and everything you need to know to ensure your race day runs smoothly, please read and/or download our 2019 Athlete Guide.  It includes our course maps, start times, race rules, presentation times, event venue layout and more…..Click here to view.

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Personalise your Race Bib before 15 July 2019

Would you like a personalised Race Bib?  All you need to do is enter your preferred name when completing your race registration.  Personalised race bibs are available for all distances, even the McDonald’s 2km Kids Dash. (your kids will love it)

This is a great race souvenir and now random supporters can cheer you on!

Enter before 15 July.

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New training programs now available!