Castlemaine Parkrun Results – Event 120 – 26 August 2017

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.

 

Castlemaine Parkrun Report – Event 119 – 19 August 2017

On 19 August 2017, Castlemaine Parkrun attracted 61 participants.  This included visitors from other parkrun locations such as Echuca-Moama, Jells Park, Bendigo and Portland – and also one runner undertaking their first parkrun anywhere.  All were given a rousing welcome.

Before the 5km run commenced, Regional Director Lou Bray presented Libby Mayes with a certificate acknowledging that she had reached the milestone of 25 official volunteering efforts.  However, it was also recognized that Libby did a lot of work behind the scenes as part of the organizing committee for Castlemaine Parkrun and had contributed continually in a variety of ways going all the way back before the official launch of this weekly event in mid-2015.  All parkrunners displayed their appreciation by cheering Libby down the Tunnel of Love!

For the second time in her 92 parkruns, Raewyn Rice was the first female finisher (26 minutes 50 seconds) – which was not too far from her personal best (PB) as well.  She was closely followed by Rachel Axton from Jells Park (27:01) and local parkrunner Dianne Cox (27:22).  Caroline Bellair’s age-graded result of 76.99% was highest for females on the day.  Although there were many great efforts, there were no female parkrunners who set PBs on the day.  There were also no new age-category records this week. However, a belated congratulation to Faith Newman who lowered the female 18-19 age record by 6 seconds on the 12 August.

For the tenth time, male first finisher was Beau Cook (19:51).  He was closely followed by cluster of three parkrunners - Jason Hull (20:03), Daniel Nelms (20:04) and junior runner Angus Mayes (20:05).  Ray Schroeder has the highest male age-graded result on the day (72.30%).  There were many male parkrunners to set PBs on the day, including Daniel Nelms (by 9s), Ray Schroeder (by 60s), Geoff Faircloth (by 6s), Michael Farr (by 9s), Fraser Chitts (by 3s) and Harper Kneebone (by 66s).

Thanks to the volunteers who volunteered on the day’s run, including Helen Curran, Lisa Kitson, Angela Mitten, Gary Schurr, Karina Taylor and Chris Timewell.

 

Castlemaine Parkrun Report – Event 118 – 12 August 2017

The lead up to Castlemaine parkrun #118 on 12 August 2017 had received national attention.  The cultural heritage event was a novel one.  The morning commenced with representatives of the local aboriginal community – Auntie Julie and Kath Coff – describing the cultural importance of welcoming ceremonies.  After they acknowledged country in the language of the Dja Dja Wurrung, a smoking ceremony was then held, and all parkrunners were able to participant in the ritual.

Auntie Julie was the guest starter for this parkrun event, counting down from ten to one in the Dja Dja Wurrung language.  Under the supervision of run director Luke Kneebone, there were then 63 joggers and walkers undertaking the 5km course, including visiting parkrunners from Hastings, Bendigo and Albert Park.  There were also three runners undertaking their first parkrun anywhere.   All were warmly welcomed.

For the forty-fifth time, Castlemaine Parkrunner Karina Taylor was the first of 36 female finishers (22:33).  She was followed by Lisa Gray (23:46) and Wendy Stibbe (25:39).  Isobel Byrne was the first junior female finisher (34:25), which was also a new personal best (PB) by 233 seconds.  Caroline Bellair’s age-graded result of 77.54% was highest for females on the day.  Congratulations to the many female parkrunners who set PBs on the day, including Penelope Gilbert (by 36s), Helen Curran (by 7s), Sheree Scoles (by 20s), Donna Faircloth (by an extraordinary 31 minutes 10 seconds), Samantha Sharrock (by 195s) and Joanne Kepsner (by 132s).

In his first ever parkrun, male first finisher was Tyson Lopez (20:10).  He was closely followed by Jason Hull (20:16), who also had the highest age-graded result for males on the day (70.48%).  Junior parkrunner Angus Mayes (20:31) was third finisher.  Perhaps due to the warmer weather, there were also many male parkrunners to set PBs on the day, including Hugo Byrne (by 86s), Raphael Nelms (by 57s) and Harper Kneebone (by 152s).

After the conclusion of the run, Auntie Julie and Kath provided bush foods and drinks all to enjoy.  Further indigenous stories and songs were also shared, and many people expressed interest in being part of the virtual run fundraiser for the Indigenous Marathon Foundation in November.

Thanks to the volunteers who assisted Luke organize the day’s run, including Tricia Barrett, Stella Campbell, Jane Harding, Stan Harris, Everson Kneebone, Angela Mitten, Julie Hough and Glen Taylor.

 

Castlemaine Parkrun Report – Event 117 – 5 August 2017

Castlemaine parkrun #117 was held on Saturday 5 Agusut under the supervision of run director Tony Greaves.  There were 50 joggers and walkers in total including some visiting parkrunners to our 5km course from Westerfolds, New Zealand, Penrith and Brisbane.  There was also one runner undertaking his first parkrun anywhere.   All were warmly welcomed.

Before the commencement of the run, Michael Constable was presented with his 100 run certificate – only the second Castlemaine parkrunner to reach this milestone.  Michael has completed 15 different parkrun courses across the country and has not missed a single week for more than a year.

There was also a presentation to the July 2017 Parkrunner of the Month – Steve Harris.  Steve had many impressive runs in July, including a PB, and also volunteered on one occasion.

Regular Castlemaine Parkrunner Karina Taylor was the first of 25 female finishers (24:50).  She was followed by Brianna Brown (25:46) and Emily Galbraith (27:16).  Hannah Strandgard was the first junior female finisher (50:36).  Dianne Cox’s age-graded result of 68.81% was highest for females on the day.  Congratulations to Nicki Renfrey who broke through the 30 minute barrier for the first time (29:55) on the way to a new PB by 11 seconds.

For the fourteenth occasion, Jason Hull was the first of 25 male finishers (20:23).  Second was David Wilson (20:43).  Third was Patrick Maher (21:16), whose time was also a new PB (by 49s).  Martin Strandgard had the highest male age-graded result of the day (70.11%).  Local junior athlete George Targett was the first male junior finisher (25:51).

Thanks to the volunteers who assisted Tony organize the day’s run, including Joe Flexmore, Lisa Minchin, Ronder Clayton and Colinda Mannix.

 

Castlemaine Parkrun Report – Event 116 – 29 July 2017

Under the guidance of run director Libby Mayes, Castlemaine Parkrun was held at the botanic gardens on the blustery morning of Saturday 29 July. There were 46 joggers and walkers in total including some visiting parkrunners to our 5km course from Berwick Springs and Wangaratta. As many as 10 of Castlemaine’s regular parkrunners were either taking a break, or at least taking it a bit easy, because of their participation in one of the various Run Melbourne fun-run events on the following day.

In her first ever run at the Castlemaine course, junior runner from Wangaratta Alannah Harrap was the first of 22 female finishers in a time of 21 minutes 32 seconds. Her age-graded result of 75.62% was also highest for females on the day. The next two female finishers were Karina Taylor (23:41) and Brianna Brown (25:36).

For the second week in a row, Lachy Steen was first male finisher (19:46). He was followed Berwick Springs parkrunner Aldonio Ferreira (20:11), who also had the highest male age-graded result of the day (70.27%). Talented local junior athlete Angus Mayes was third male finisher (20:27).

With the strong headwinds blowing down the long home straight, there were only four parkrunners this week to achieve personal bests (PBs) against the odds - congratulations to Carolyn Tavener (by 40s), George Targett (by 45s), Steve Harris (by 21s) and David Vemer (by 106s).

Thanks to the volunteers who assisted Libby organize the day’s run, including Julie Hough, Lisa Minchin, Fraser Chitts and Chris Timewell.

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