For the 120th Castlemaine Parkrun, held on 26 August 2017, Run Director Libby Mayes and her volunteer helpers oversaw 50 participants make their way around the 5km course. Most of the runners were locals this week, although there was one visitor from Jells Park and also one runner undertaking their first parkrun anywhere.
Before the 5km run commenced, Libby presented Luke Kneebone with a certificate acknowledging that he had completed 50 parkruns, with 38 of them at Castlemaine plus 12 runs at six other locations throughout south-eastern Australia. Luke was given a particularly rousing reception, as he is also the Event Coordinator for Castlemaine – and was the driving force for its launch and for its ongoing success locally.
In her second ever parkrun, Kirby Jeffries was the first female finisher in a speedy 21 minutes 19 seconds – which was also her personal best (PB) (by 103 seconds). She was followed by Karina Taylor (24:20). Lisa Kitson was third finisher (25:56) and also set a new PB (by 7s). Caroline Bellair’s age-graded result of 79.07% was highest for females on the day. Congratulations to the other female runners who were able to ring the new PB bell, including Helen Curran (by 27s), Kirby Kneebone (by 1s) and Shirlene Nevill (by an enormous 168s).
Beau Cook continued his good form with another week as the first male finisher (19:25). He was followed by Tim Cooper (19:52) who also had the highest male age-graded result on the day of 76.68%. The third finisher was missing their barcode and therefore wasn’t documented. First male junior finisher was George Targett (25:18). There were two male parkrunners to jangle the PB bell on the day - Ray Schroeder (by 10s) and Michael Farr (by 9s).
Thanks to the volunteers who assisted Libby on the day’s run, including Christine Barker, Steve Harris, Joanne Kepsner and both Everson and Harper Kneebone.