The 183rd edition of Castlemaine parkrun saw 93 people run, jog and walk the picturesque course around the Botanical Gardens. This included one person completing their first parkrun anywhere and visitors from Crane Park (UK), Sunbury, Main Beach (NSW), Launceston (TAS), Studley, Bendigo, Newport Lakes and Port Hedland parkruns.
Prior to the start our Run Director for the day, Jane Harding, presented a 50th milestone award to Jodi Oakman. Jodi has been running with us since July 2016, has volunteered once this year, clocked up seven personal bests (PB), reduced her time by 3 minutes and has been the first female finisher 14 times. Congratulations Jodi!
Ten PBs were recorded on the day: Igor Petrusev (by 29s); Levi Chaffey (5s); James Chaffey (61s); Tony Radford (2s); Dave Petrusma (13s); Anita Volkert (50s); Simon Duffin (83s); Bill Wiglesworth (42s); Seamus Curtain-Magee (51s); and Angus McLoughlan (25s).
Lauren Cockerell was the first female finisher (19:55), breaking the course record for 30-34 females by 17s in the process. Then followed Lauren Barker (22:52) and Jodi Oakman (24:01). Robin King recorded the highest female age-graded result at 75.68%. Our first junior female was Bessie Faircloth (34:25).
Andy Bos was the first male finisher (18:36) and also the highest age-graded male at 74.46%. Coming in second male was James Thai (19:56), then David Wilson (19:59). Note the four seconds between Lauren, James and David! Our first junior male was Levi Chaffey (23:13).
Congratulations to everyone who participated and a huge thankyou to our volunteers on the day: Jane Harding, Nicki Renfrey, Jamie Constable, Mike Constable, Simon Gearing, Paul Gilders and John Willis.