A cold and foggy morning left many of our 140 parkrunners asking where the winter sun had gone. parkrun #165 was one of celebration and commiseration as we saw Run Director, Anthony Haber lace up for his 50th run and farewell the Cooper family.
As always special thanks go to our amazing volunteers without whom the run would not happen. This week's volunteers were: Roger Abbott, Craig Baker, Justine Bayliss, Catherine Burns, Robyn Guthrie, Shane Hutchison, Debbie O'Donoghue, Gregor Sutherland and Sally Sutherland.
50 run celebration
Anthony Haber racked up his 50th parkrun this week in a time of 18:29. Anthony's first Gindy run was on 30 June 2012 in a time of 25:58 and holds a PB of 15:20. 48 of his 50 runs have been at Lake Ginninderra, with the others being at Albert Park in Melbourne and at Gungahlin.
Anthony became a run director in 2013 and has overseen 11 parkruns in that time, as well as volunteer for numerous other times.
We often see Anthony crossing the line and looping back to join his wife, Lauren and son, Zaiden as they complete the course.
Congratulations on your 50th run Anthony.
Cooper family shout out
The Cooper family is perhaps one of the most dedicated parkrunning families, with Mark, Jo and kids Imogen and Jessica regularly hoping in the car at dawn to travel down the Federal Highway from Goulburn to join the Ginninderra parkrun family.
Between them the Cooper's have run the Gindy parkrun 140 times (with either Mark or Jo pushing Jessica in the pram) and volunteered 13 times.
They have participated in parkruns across the country and more recently in the UK while on what can only be described as a running vacation, with Mark participating in the Paris Marathon, two half marathons an a 10km in the space of five weeks. Not to be outdone, Jo also put a couple of half marathons under her belt on the trip as well.
The family will be moving to Newcastle in the next couple of days as Mark takes up a position with the Diocese of Newcastle. They will now be within 5 minutes of their local parkrun, and we are sure they will be looking forward to the Saturday sleep-in!
We wish them good luck in their new adventure and hope that if they ever find themselves back in Canberra they will come join us at Ginninderra.
Henry STIMSON (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:40 - first time in 14 appearances. David TURNER (SM20-24) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:59 - was first to finish once before. Derek COLLINGE (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:10.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
David BEAVEN (Unattached) 868 pts.
Peter EVANS (Unattached) 807 pts.
Shane HUTCHISON (ACT Veterans AC) 779 pts.
Aimee DAVENPORT (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (7th overall) over the line in 19:31 - second time in 3 appearances. Judith WILLIAMS (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (27th overall) over the line in 23:25 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions. Gemma WORLAND (SW20-24) (Unattached) was third (31st overall) over the line in 23:51.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Chloe MILLER (Unattached) 813 pts.
Celina MILLER (Unattached) 773 pts.
Judith WILLIAMS (Unattached) 771 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Gina JESSOP (VW60-64) was graded 79.83% for the time 23:58 (35th overall).
Aimee DAVENPORT (SW25-29) was graded 75.83% for the time 19:31 (7th overall).
David BEAVEN (VM40-44) was graded 75.56% for the time 18:29 (4th overall).
This week there were 140 runners, of whom 16 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.
Ginninderra parkrun started on 28th April 2012, and since then 3,195 different runners, including participants from 114 athletics clubs, have completed 20,097 runs covering a total distance of 100,485 km, and there have been 4,456 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Sarah MCRAE who ran in a time of 00:17:55 on 2014-04-26 (event number 105).
The male record is held by Martin DENT who ran in a time of 00:14:42 on 2012-11-17 (event number 30).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rowan WALKER who recorded a 91.21% run (15:33) on 4th April 2015 (event number 154).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ginninderra parkrun Results Page.