Originally set up over 10 years ago by a group of friends, the Gunn Runners met at the Gunn Island Hotel once a week for a simple ‘Run & a Beer’. The small group has evolved into a fundraising social group supporting events that help local charities and have the obligatory catch-up after the run, now at the Limerick Arms Hotel in South Melbourne.
Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just starting to do some regular social exercise Gunn Runners appeals to all, offering a timed 3.5km or 5km run around Albert Park lake. Results are maintained on the website and runners can plot their progress against the published times.
Weekends away, winery tours, and Friday night drinks are just some of the regular social activities that are arranged by the group, as well as group participation in numerous running events. The Gunn Runners have proved a great hit with expatriates and visitors to town as well. International newcomers know that social running groups are a great way to break the ice and meet the locals. Some come along just to set their mark, sprinting a record time which is kept on the website. So in days when busy professionals yearn for exercise and a chance to expand their social network, the Gunnies have certainly filled a niche. Some Gunnies have married, are engaged and even gone on to produce little Gunnies!