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.