Castlemaine Parkrun Report #125 – 30 Sept 2017

There were a healthy 77 participants at the football-themed parkrun at the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens on the morning of Saturday 30 September.  There were lots of Richmond dress-ups and a few other Victorian team colours, but sadly no Adelaide supporters.  This week’s event was under the supervision of Run Director Tony Greaves, who welcomed visitors from parkruns in Inverloch, Carlton, Chelsea, Diamond Creek, Maribyrnong, Bendigo and the UK – plus another four undertaking there first parkrun anywhere.  Jenni Thompson was also recognized for reaching her 50-run milestone, and Gary Schurr for reaching his 25-volunteer milestone.

Lauren Barker was the first female finisher around the 5km course in 23 minutes 22 seconds.  Jodi Oakman was second female finisher (23.46) and also had the highest female age-graded result (68.86%).  Sara Nelson was third female finisher (24:43).  Bessie Faircloth was first junior female finisher (35.42).  Congratulations to the female runners to set personal bests (PBs) including Donna Petrusma (by 34s) and Louise Layne (by 112s).

Legendary South Bendigo runner Greg Hilson was the first male finisher in 19 minutes 43 seconds, and also had the highest male age-graded result of the day (73.63%).  He was followed by Luke Kneebone (19:52) and Tanmay Agrawal (20.05).  Angus Mayes (20.38) was first junior male finisher and fourth overall.  Well done also to the two male parkrunners to set PBs on the day – Wil Beilharz (by 25s) and Tobiah Marshall (by 60s).

Well done to everyone who took part, and many thanks to the volunteers who assisted Tony to organise the day’s run, including Christine Christie, Libby Mayes, Dave Petrusma and Karina Taylor.

 

Castlemaine Parkrun Report #126 – 7 Oct 2017

There were 62 runners at the Castlemaine course on Saturday 7th October.  Run director Luke Kneebone welcomed seven people undertaking their first parkrun ever anywhere, and also visitors from parkruns at Albert Park, Jells Park, Chelsea, Karkarook Park and Frog Hollow.  Quite a few of regulars opted to take a rest in advance of Run The Maine charity fun run on the following day, but there were also many doubling-up with a run on both days.

Donna Petrusma was a worthy recipient of Castlemaine Parkrunner of the Month for Septermber 2017.  Since returning from an overseas holiday in late August, she has produced 4 personal bests (PBs) during the past 5 runs – dropping more than 2 minutes off her times for the 5km course and getting below the 30-minute mark.  She has also completed 86 parkruns in total since commencing in August 2015 – reducing her PB by 17 minutes along the way and achieving 28 PBs – and is a frequent volunteer.  Congratulations Donna.

Carly McGinniskin was the first female finisher in 26 minutes 43 seconds, closely followed by Felicity Brown (27.23).  Third female finisher was Christine Christie (27.47) and also had the highest female age-graded result (66.95%).  Congratulations to the female runners to set PBs including Stacey Solly (by 64s), Cedella Marshall (by 81s), Donna Symes (by 109s), Louise Layne (by133s) and Emma Roe (also by 133s).

A big final effort from Carel Pluis got him just below the 20 minute mark (19.59), and was a clear first male finisher with the highest male age-graded result on the day (76.23%).  He was followed by Jason Hull (20:40) and a resurgent Richard Mayes (21.11).  George Targett was first junior male finisher (23.59) and also set a new PB (by 5s).  Stephen Walls also set a new PB on the day (by 10s), and is edging closer to the 40 minute barrier.  Good work Stephen and George.

Well done to everyone who took part, and many thanks to the volunteers who assisted Luke to organise the day’s run, including Donna and Dave Petrusma, Julie Hough, Everson Kneebone and Lucy Phillips.

 

Castlemaine Parkrun Report #124 – 23 Sept 2017

The warmest parkrun in many months was held at the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens on the morning of Saturday 23 September.   This week’s event was under the supervision of Run Director Gary Schurr – and 63 local runners came out to appreciate the fine conditions.

Young Tullie Rowe was the first female finisher around the 5km course in a speedy 19 minutes 23 seconds.  In a raft of achievements, Tullie’s effort was her personal best (by 108 seconds), set a new best time for the female 11-14 age category (bettering her previous record) and was the third fastest female effort for Castlemaine ever.  She also had the highest female age-graded result on the day (82.37%), which is also the highest female age-graded result ever for Castlemaine and the fourth highest from more than 1000 all-comers.  Congratulations Tullie.  She was followed by Karina Taylor (22:31) and Amy Downing (22.47). Congratulations to Colinda Mannix who also set a PB (by 30s) and to juniors Sascha and Clementine who undertook their first parkrun anywhere.

In a time of 18 minutes 53 seconds, Maribyrnong parkrunner Adam Attard was the first male finisher.  He was followed by Beau Cook (19:10).  Junior parkrunner Max Rowe was third male finisher (19:26), and also had the highest male age-graded result on the day (78.73%) – which moves him into 14th place on the all-time list.  Like his sister, Max’s time was also a PB (by 202s).  His time broke the male 11-14 age-category record (by 3s) – which was one of the oldest local records, set back at Castlemaine Parkrun #7 in July 2015.  Well done also to the other two male parkrunners to set PBs on the day – Alex Welch (by 80s) and Stephen Walls (by 23s).

Well done to everyone who took part, and many thanks to the volunteers who assisted Gary to organise the day’s run, including Maree and Jye Matheson, Lisa Gray, Glen Taylor and Sarah Gill.

 

Castlemaine Parkrun Report #123 – 16 Sept 2017

Run Director Karina Taylor was thrilled to be able to present two milestone achievement certificates on Saturday 16 September.  Member of Castlemaine Parkrun’s Organizing Committee, Ellissia Campbell, was recognized for her 25 official volunteering efforts – although she has contributed much more unofficially having been a stalwart behind the scenes for more than 2 years since before the event first commenced.  Jason Hull was also acknowledged as the third local runner to reach their 100-run milestone.  Some of Jason’s impressive statistics include 15 times he has been first male finisher, and 97 times he has finished amongst the first five.  He has also volunteered on a further 13 occasions.  Not too bad from a total of 123 parkruns held in Castlemaine!

This week 54 parkrunners made their way around the 5km course, including visitors from parkruns at Point Cook, Cohuna and Princes Park in Carlton.   We also welcomed Louise Layne who was undertaking her first parkrun anywhere.

Oja Prelovsek was the first female finisher in a speedy 20 minutes 54 seconds, and also had the highest female age-graded result on the day (72.41%).  She was followed by Lisa Gray (23:58).  Third female finisher was Carly McGinniskin (25:44), who also set a personal best (PB) by 27 seconds.  Congratulations also to other female parkrunners who set new PBs on the day, including Donna Petrusma (by 53s), Robyn Dimopolous (by 6s), Sarah Gill (by 22s) and Colinda Mannix (by 30s).

In a time of 19 minutes 49 seconds, Luke Watt was the first male finisher and also set a new PB (by 15s).  He was followed by Jason Hull (20:10) and junior parkrunner Angus Mayes (20:22).  Glen Taylor had the highest male age-graded result on the day (70.97%).  Well done also to the other two male parkrunners to set PBs on the day – Sean Grant (by 133s) and Dave Petrusma (by 27s).

Well done to everyone who took part, and many thanks to the volunteers who assisted Karina to organise the day’s run, including Miho Barnett, Rhonda Clayton, Mai Hill and Lisa Kitson.

 

Castlemaine Parkrun Report #122 – 9 Sept 2017

Milestones abound

There were 48 parkrunners who made their way around the 5km Castlemaine course on Saturday 9 September under the oversight of first-time Run Director Jane Harding.  This included visitors from the parkrun courses in Ginninderra (ACT) and Karkarook Park near Moorabbin.  There was an abundance of milestoners this week, with three locals receiving their 50-run certificate – Kaitlyn Hough, Brianna Brown and Steve Parsons.  In addition, first-time visitor to Castlemaine, Robin Brotchie, was also recognized for reaching his 100-run milestone on the day.

In her first run on the Castlemaine course, Amanda Kwong was the first female finisher in 23 minutes 14 seconds.  She was followed by Lisa Kitson (25:24), who set a personal best (PB) by 32 seconds.  Kaitlyn Hough was the third finisher (26:56).  Dianne Cox had the highest female age-graded result on the day (68.98%). Congratulations also to Donna Petrusma, who broke through the 30 minute barrier for the first time on her way to a PB (by 42s).

In his 99th parkrun, Jason Hull was the first male finisher (20:07) and also had the highest male age-graded result on the day (71.00%).  He was followed by Luke Watt (20:10) and Glen Taylor (20:57).  George Targett (27:06) was the first junior male finisher.   Well done also to the two male parkrunners to set PBs on the day – Nigel Wales (by 18s) and Michael Farr (by 21s).

Well done to everyone who took part, and many thanks to the volunteers who assisted Jane to organise the day’s run, including Joanne Kepsner, Libby Mayes, Caroline Bellair, Will Dodson and Stobie Rosamund.

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