Matheson is the word at Parkrun
The Matheson clan were present in force at the 136th Castlemaine Parkrun on Saturday 16 December. Maree Matheson became the latest local parkrunner to reach the 100-run milestone – and she had her children and grandchildren there to celebrate and run the 5km course with her. Maree was presented with the superhero cape, and expressed her gratitude for this weekly event that she enjoys so much. Starting from the first event in May 2015. Maree has achieved 7 personal bests (PBs), has volunteered 8 times, undertook 97 of her 100 runs at Castlemaine, was parkrunner of the month in November 2015 and has the fourth fastest time in her age group. Congratulations Maree.
Run Director Chris Timewell also welcomed another 76 enthusiastic joggers, which included three people undertaking their first parkrun ever anywhere, and also visitors from many other parkruns (Bendigo, Ballarat, Coburg, and Bradford in the UK).
The conditions were cool at the start, but then quickly heated up as the sun rose higher in the sky. Despite this challenge, seven people rang the PB bell including Tony di Lorenzo (by 6 seconds), Melissa Matheson (by 22s), Michelle Scott (by 48s), Jye Matheson (by 93s), Michael Lofthouse (by 95s), Bessie Faircloth (by 103s) and Jennifer Larson (by 104s). For Bessie, she’s now reduced her PB by over 17 minutes in the past 12 months.
Undertaking her first parkrun at the Castlemaine course, parkrunner Charlotte Streat had a big morning, being first female finisher overall in 22 minutes 56 seconds, first junior female finisher and also having the highest female age-graded result (72.53%). She was followed by the ever-consistent Lauren Barker (23.56) and Karina Taylor (24.07).
First male finisher Carel Pluis put in a huge sprint finish to achieve a time of 19 minutes 32 seconds. He was followed by Jason Hull (20.01) and a resurgent Richard Mayes (20.29). Zedekiah Marshall was the first junior male finisher (21.53). The age-graded result for both Carel Pluis (78.67%) and Ian Fookes (79.46%) were within the top 20 of all time for the Castlemaine course.
Well done to everyone who took part, and many thanks to the volunteers who assisted Chris to organise the day’s run, including Michael Farr, Nathan Rice, Jane Harding, Dave Petrusma, Gary Schurr, Richard Mayes and Karina Taylor.