Partnering up to grow festival

EXCITING NEW PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED…The combination Liz Connick’s event management skills and Sean Greenhill’s sporting passion ensures a bright future for Shepparton Running Festival. Photo: Supplied.


THE Shepparton Runners Club and annual Shepparton Running Festival are set to benefit from a newly formed partnership that combines the talents of two highly skilled and passionate industry professionals.

The combination of event management skills that Liz Connick brings to the table, coupled with Sean Greenhill’s extensive experience in creating sports events and their personal passion for running, is destined to attract new enthusiasm and exposure for event.

With a significant amount of work having been done already to position the festival for a strong future, the new partnership looks set to offer the support required to roll out the next three annual events; beginning with this year’s event on Sunday, August 25 and continuing through until 2021.

Shepparton Runners Club president, Steve Ayton said, “We anticipate the event will continue to see good growth on the back of the success of last year’s event and, with Liz and Sean’s guidance and experience, we’re certain athletes can expect a superior experience during their time in Shepparton.”

Both Liz and Sean are passionate about running and the benefits of the sport, but say that just as important to them, is how the event showcases Shepparton, attracts visitation and boosts its economy.

The festival’s unique course not only highlights some of our region’s key attributes, like the stunning Victoria Park Lake precinct, the beauty of the Goulburn River, its extensive walking tracks and riverbanks; it is also ideal for all ages and all-abilities. Athletes enjoy the appeal of a flat, fast course that is suitable for both beginners and those chasing personal bests or qualification for other upcoming events.

Distances for this year’s event include the challenging 42.2km Marathon, Team Marathon and Half-Marathon 21.1km a10km, 5km and the 2km kids dash.

The Shepparton Running Festival is held annually on the fourth Sunday in August, listed on Victoria’s Regional Running calendar and widely attended by entrants in training during the lead up to the Melbourne Marathon.

Event entries are now open for all distances and competitors are invited to submit their registration on the event’s website