Lords of the Run – 24 June 2017
The opening scenes of the first Lord of the Rings movie show the spectacle of Bilbo Baggins' 'eleventy-first' birthday. On 24 June 2017, we transported the Middle Earth theme to the botanic gardens in order to celebrate the eleventy-first Castlemaine Parkrun. As part of this weekly quest, seventy-one runners and walkers made their way around the 5km course, including some extra visiting parkrunners from beyond the Misty Mountains at Westerfolds near Templestowe and from Brisbane. There were also two runners undertaking their first parkrun anywhere.
Before the run, there were two awards to present. Adelynne 'Galadriel' Chapman was acknowledged for reaching her 50-run milestone, with all bar one of those runs in Castlemaine and a personal best (PB) of 24 minutes 14 seconds. Our second presentation was for Harper 'Pippin' Kneebone, who achieved his ‘10-run milestone for juniors’ certificate. Harper has only recently commenced running the full parkrun distance regularly, but has been helping his parents with various official and unofficial parkrun volunteer roles since day 1. Inspired by the applause from the other parkrunners, Harper then went on to set a new PB by an incredible 132 seconds.
In a wonderful little hobbit-esque twist of fate, the first male finisher for the day was bare-footed runner Nik 'Frodo' Frederiksen (19:02), which was also his new PB by 2s and the highest male age-graded result on the day (70.67%). Second finisher Lachy Steen (19:30) also set a new PB (by 10s). He was followed by Jason Hull (20:40) as third male finisher. George Targett was the first junior male finisher (24:54) and also set a new PB (by 7s). Congratulations to the other male participants to set new PBs on the day, including Carl Harris (by 89s), Stan Harris (by 5s), Fraser Chitts (his ninth in a row – this time by 57s) and Raphael Nelms (by 152s).
Lauren 'Arwen' Barker was first female finisher in a time of 22 minutes 44 seconds, which exactly equalled her previous PB. She was followed by Lisa Kitson (26:03) and Felicity Brown (26:58) – who both also set PBs (by 10s and 1s respectively). Caroline Bellair had the highest female age-graded result on the day (80.70%). Congratulations to the many other female parkrunners to also set PBs on the day, including Lisa Harris (by 74s), Johannah Ashley (by 9s) and Narelle Thomason (her ninth in a row – this time by 46s).
Thanks to the volunteers who coordinated the day’s run, including Chris Timewell (run director), Brent Clayton, Dianne Cox, Kaitlyn Hough, Dave Petrusma and Gary Schurr.