Castlemaine Parkrun Report #155 – 21 April 2018

There were 92 parkrunners at the Castlemaine course on Saturday 21 April, including one person undertaking their first parkrun anywhere, and visitors from Victorian parkruns at Bendigo, Shepparton, Highlands, Mullum Mullum, Maribyrnong, Ballarat, Balyang Sanctuary, as well as adventurers from Claisebrook Cove in WA.

Christine Barker was enthusiastically applauded for reaching her 100-run milestone, and was presented with the superhero cape for the morning.  During the presentation, Run Director Libby Mayes noted that Christine personified all the best qualities of the local event, and that she had achieved 18 personal bests (PBs) and had been a regular volunteer along the way.

Sixteen parkrunners were able to ring the PB bell – congratulations to James Leversha (by 4 seconds), Alan Boyce and Bradley Adams (both by 6s), Carmen Pace and Paul Gilders (both by 10s), Tyrone Rice (by 18s), Colin Moore (by 32s), Warrick Clarke (by 47s), Leanne Pasanen (by 52s), Tindikai Mungawarara (by 53s), Lynne Edwards (by 54s), Tracey Archer (by 74s), Jason McAinch (by 78s), Rosemary Cordy (by 86s), Jack Archer (by 242s) and Tracey Archer (by 592s).

Jodi Oakman was the first female finisher (23 minutes 36 seconds), and also had the highest female age-graded result (70.20%).  She was followed by Leanne Pasanen (24:06) and Emily Abra (26:48).

Andrew Bos was the first male finisher (18:28), followed by Bradley Reeves (19:35).  Junior parkrunner Angus Mayes was the third male finisher (20:16).  Tim Cooper had the highest male age-graded result (75.10%).

Well done to everyone who took part, and many thanks to the volunteers who worked with Libby to conduct the day’s event, including Jane Hardy (a ‘volun-tourist’ from WA), Peter and Judy Hill, Jack and Helen Maddern, and Dave Petrusma.

 

Castlemaine Parkrun Report #154 – 14 April 2018

There were 93 parkrunners at a blustery Castlemaine course on Saturday 14 April, including ten people undertaking their first parkrun anywhere.  Our visitors from parkruns in Albert Park, Jells Park, Lalor, Wyndham Vale and Riverway (Qld) included some well-travelled adventurers who had more than 40 different events under their belt.  During her pre-event briefing, event director Karina Taylor noted that last week the 5km botanic gardens course had its 10,000th completed parkrun, representing 50,000km.  Karina herself also was a recipient of an award this week, being somewhat shocked to receive her 25-volunteering milestone certificate.

Seventeen runners were able to ring the bell for achieving a personal best (PB) this week, although most only did so by a relatively small margin.  Murray Sanford continued his unbroken run, his tenth consecutive PB being by a mere 3 seconds.  A big congratulations also to Tyrone Rice (by 1s), John Willis (by 3s), Sebastian Streat (by 5s), Janette Grant (by 7s), Andrew Bos (by 14s), Chris Cook (by 19s), Alan Hollensen (by 24s), Harper Kneebone (by 25s), Bradley Adams (by 32s), Robin Murdoch (by 33s), Rebecca Barnett (by 37s), Alan Boyce (by 65s), Elizabeth Newby (by 71s), Warrick Clarke (by 73s), Adam Perrett (by 168s) and Theresa Lee (by 304s).

Jodi Oakman was the first female finisher (23 minutes 45 seconds), closely followed by Lauren Barker (24:17). Third female finisher was Felicity Brown (26:29).  Caroline Bellair had the highest female age-graded result (71.98%).  In her first ever parkrun, Chelsea Amor was the first junior female finisher (28:24).

In addition to his PB, Andrew Bos was the first male finisher (17:52) and lowered this own course record for the male 40-44 age-category by 14 seconds.  Second male finisher Carel Pluis (19:19) also had the highest male age-graded result (79.55%).  A runner without their barcode was the third male finisher and George Targett was the first junior male finisher (22:31).

In the spirit of the Australian athletes cheering home the Lesotho final finisher in the Commonwealth 10,000m final, all the early finishing parkrunners cheered home the later runners and walkers across the finish line.  Well done to everyone who took part, and many thanks to the volunteers who worked with Karina to conduct the day’s event, including Ronder Clayton, Kaitlyn Hough, Dave Petrusma, Maree Phypers and Glen Taylor.

 

Castlemaine Parkrun Report #153 – 7 April 2018

Cookie Monster joins Castlemaine Parkrun

On Saturday 7 April, Castlemaine Parkrun run director Jane Harding greeted ninety-nine parkrunners.  This included visitors from parkruns in Newport Lakes, Maribyrnong, Westerfolds and Sunbury, and ten undertaking their first parkrun ever.  A couple of the first-timers were on holiday here from Philadelphia, USA.

Jane was also kept busy with a number of awards to present before the start of the event.  The ever smiling Judy Hill was recognized as the March 2018 Castlemaine Parkrunner of the Month, with six personal bests (PBs) from her 13 events, and has also volunteered five times.  Young Sophie Mayes received a certificate to acknowledge her junior 10-run milestone, joining her brother and father as local milestoners.  Local councilor and parkrun enthusiast Dave Petrusma reached his 50th run, and has also volunteered an impressive 17 times.  And, last but not least, our super event director Libby Mayes was presented with a Cookie Monster onesie to wear during her long-awaited 50-run milestone event.

A lucky thirteen were able to jangle the bell, with PBs achieved by Carmen Pace (by 4s), Hugh Burton (by 5s), Bradley Reeves and Gary Schurr (both by 7s), Andrew Bos (by 15s), Murray Sanford (with his 9th in a row – this time by 31s), Alan Boyce (by 38s), Warrick Clarke (by 69s), Simon Diffin (by 83s), Morgan Coole (by 117s), Bradley Adams (by 132s), Ian Reeves (by 142s) and Vicki Kerin (b y169s).  Congratulations to all for this effort on our 5km course.

Lisa Kitson was the first female finisher (26 minutes 35 seconds), closely followed by milestoner Libby Mayes (26:58).  However, Libby’s time was the best ever by someone dressed as a Sesame Street character.  Third female finisher was Dianne Cox (27:24), who also had the highest female age-graded result (68.86%).  Lily O’Flynn was the first junior female finisher (30:47).

In addition to his PB, Andrew Bos was the first male finisher (18:06), had the highest male-age graded result (76.52%) and lowered this own course record for the male 40-44 age-category by 15 seconds.  Second male finisher Bradley Reeves (19:21) – also with a PB - lowered his own male 18-19 age-category course record by 7 seconds.  Patrick Smith was the third male finisher (19:22) and Angus Mayes was the first junior male finisher (20:03).

Well done to everyone who took part, and many thanks to the volunteers who worked with Jane to conduct the day’s event, including Fiona and Stan Harris, Mai Hill and Colin Moore.

 

Castlemaine Parkrun Report #152 – 31 March 2018

Easter parkrun is a great success

On Saturday 31 March, the second highest number of participants ever at Castlemaine Parkrun (128) were greeted by Skippy the Easter Kangaroo and Warrick the Pink Easter Fairy, who distributed little bundles of chocolate joy.  This bumper crowd was boosted by holiday-makers from far and wide, with visitors from at least 15 different parkruns – possibly also a record for our course (including 9 from Victoria, 1 from ACT, 1 from Western Aust, 2 from Queensland, and 2 from United Kingdom).  There were also 6 people undertaking their first parkrun anywhere.

Before the event commenced, Run Director Richard Mayes presented Nathan Rice with a certificate and superhero cape to commemorate his 100th completed parkrun.  Nathan is the 17th Castlemaine parkrunner to reach the 100-milestone, and joins his parents Tyrone and Raewyn who have also recently achieved this feat.  Nathan has undertaken all of his runs at Castlemaine and has obtained 13 personal bests (PBs) along the way, with an overall reduction of more than 10 minutes.  He is currently in training for his first marathon.

Probably not since the earliest days of Castlemaine parkrun have so many PBs been achieved here on one day.  These were Ben James (by 1s), Judy Hill (by 2s), Dianne Cox (by 5s), Rebecca Barnett (by 6s), Pat Maple, Adam Attard and Amy Addinsall (all by 22s), Colin Moore (by 23s), Warrick Clarke (by 26s), Julie Hough (by 34s), Matthew Taylor (by 40s), Morgan Coole (by 42s), Tony Attard (by 50s), Jordon Ball and Alan Boyce (by 52s), Murray Sanford (by 53s – his 8th PB in  a row), Luke Feuerherdt (by 57s), Lucy Mayes (by 67s), Gabrielle Smith (by 75s), Tony Ewing (by 76s), Wendy Jarvis (by 83s), Dale Lacy (by 86s), Kristi Vorbach (by 92s), Christine Pickering and Hugh Burton (by 102s), Thomas Pepin (by 106s), Lynette Hills (by 141s), Joshua Feuerherdt (by 171s) and Mark Flascas (by 21 min 45s!).  Congratulations to all for this effort on our 5km course.

Karina Taylor was the first female finisher (24 minutes 5 seconds).  Amazingly, this was the 50th time Karina has been the first female finisher at the Castlemaine course.  Maribyrnong-based parkrunner Jessica Currie was second female finisher (24:59), closely followed by Amy Addinsall (25:14).  Not far behind was Mullum Mullum parkrunner Isabella Osborn as the first junior female finisher (25:28).  Another visitor, Jan Almond from Shepparton, had the highest female age-graded result (76.10%).

Bendigo-based Lee McCullagh (17:36) moved into the fifth position on the list of all-time fast finishers at Castlemaine parkrun.  Lee also had the highest male age-graded result (73.39%).  Adam Attard’s run (17:49) was enough to also move him into ninth position on the all-time list.  UK-based runner Matthew Taylor was third male finisher in another fast time (18:34) and Josh Madden – visiting from Karkarook in SE suburbs of Melbourne – was the first junior male finisher (19:29).

Well done to everyone who took part, and many thanks to the volunteers who worked with Richard to conduct the day’s event, including Lisa Minchin, Angus and Sophie Mayes, Katie Mawson, Kym Pointon and Dave Petrusma.

 

Castlemaine Parkrun Report #151 – 24 March 2018

This Saturday’s 5km parkrun was held and completed in Castlemaine less than an hour before the heavens opened up for some welcome rainfall.  This week there were 82 participants, including five undertaking their first parkrun anywhere, as well as touring parkrun visitors from Bendigo, Albert Park, Mullum Mullum and, incredibly, from York and Finsbury in the UK.

Spirits were high – all were ready for a fun run, jog or walk.  Before starting though, Run Director Chris Timewell presented Stephen Walls with a certificate and superhero cape to commemorate his 100th completed parkrun.  Stephen thanked and acknowledged all of the friends he had made over his parkrun journey, which started for him at Castlemaine event #1 in May 2015.  In this time, he has achieved 11 personal bests (PBs), reducing his time by over 12 minutes.

Recently retired event director Luke Kneebone was recognised as the February Castlemaine Parkrunner of the Month.  His successor, Libby Mayes, presented him with a bonsai plant, a certificate and a monster-sixed card full of messages from local parkrunners thanking him for his initiative in establishing the local event and then overseeing its first 2½ years.

Junior speedster Charlotte had a morning to remember.  She was presented with her junior 10-run milestone certificate, seven of which she’s undertaken at Castlemaine.  She then went on to be first female finisher (22 minutes 28 seconds) for the sixth time, the first junior female finisher, have highest female age-graded result (74.04%) and set a new PB by 14 seconds.  Well done Charlotte!  The next two female finishers were UK visitor Jayne Sales (23:25) and local Jodi Oakman (23:35).

Bradley Reeves was the first male finisher (20:01), closely followed by Luke Kneebone (20:09) and Brent Clayton (20:38).  Tjalurri Russell (22:09) was the first junior male finisher in his first ever parkrun.  Bendigo-based parkrunner Jim Russell had the highest male age-graded result (70.21%).

The bell was regularly rung, with PBs also achieved by Murray Sanford (his 7th in a row – this time by 15s), Ian Reeves (b y56s), Maree Phypers (by 66s), Morgan Coole (by 71s), Tracey Archer (b y75s), Hugo Byrne (by 83s), Trevor Mitchell (by 107s) and Jack Archer (by 305s).

Well done to everyone who took part, and many thanks to the volunteers who helped Chris coordinate the day’s event, including Lisa Minchin, Stephen Walls, Tyrone Rice, Dianne Cox and Gary Schurr.

 

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