The overnight rain cleared to ensure blue skies greeted our 151 runners who laced up for Ginninderra parkrun #173.
Spring seems to be in the air in Canberra, and it in the steps of our 25 runners who racked up new PBs, including Freddie Hayes who crossed the line first for the first time in 58 runs.
A big thank you to all our volunteers this week: Justin Freeman, Meg Freeman, Holly Freeman, Amy Freeman, Fran Freeman, Jessica Mary Freeman, Mark Gilbert, Lara-Kym Lever, Emily Roberts, Carla Roots, Gregor Sutherland, Sally Sutherland and Nathan Toscan.
Event Director Gregor Sutherland thanked all our regular runners for putting their hand up to volunteer for the past few months, and was pleased to report for the first time in a long time the volunteer roster is full for the next two weeks.
Fifty and fantastic
Mary McDonald and Luigi Spagnolo joined the 50 Club this week.
Mary was part of the original 91 runners who participated in Ginninderra parkrun #1 on 28 April 2012. She completed the first run in 28:34 and now holds a PB of 26:17 and an age grade rating of 69.82%.
Forty-five of Mary’s 50 runs have been at Lake Ginninderra, with the others being at Tuggeranong, Gungahlin, Albert parkrun and Bowral. She has also volunteered four times.
A round of applause at the start line greeted Luigi Spagnolo as he arrived just in time to ensure he reached the 50 milestone this week.
Luigi completed his first parkrun in 33:02 in June 2012 at Ginninderra parkrun #10 and now holds a PB of 26:16 and an age grade rating of 54%. He has completed 48 of his 50 runs at Ginninderra with the others being at Newy and Launceston, and he has volunteered once on his way to the 50.
Congratulations and we look forward to celebrating 100 with you!
By the numbers
This week there were 151 runners, of whom 13 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part.
Freddie HAYES (SM25-29) (unattached) was first over the line in a PB time of 19:13 – first time in 58 runs.
David VELI (SM20-24) (unattached) was second over the line in 19:24 – first time runner at Lake Ginninderra.
David BEAVEN (VM40-44) (unattached) was third over the line in 20:04 – has been first to finish on five previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
David BEAVEN (Unattached) 1556 pts.
Craig BAKER (Unattached) 1377 pts.
Peter EVANS (Unattached) 136 pts.
Jasmine FOXLEE (VW35-39) of FIT Canberra (Females in Training) was first (19th overall) over the line in 22:18 – seventh time in 30 runs.
Lindsey SWARTZENTRUBER (SW25-29) (unattached) was second (20th overall) over the line in 22:27 – has been first to finish once before.
Alina MCMASTER (VW45-49) (unattached) was third (32nd overall) over the line in a PB time of 23:28.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Celina MILLER (Unattached) 1510 pts.
Chloe MILLER (Unattached) 1471 pts.
Judith WILLIAMS (Unattached) 1398 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Chloe MILLER (JW10) (unattached) was graded 75.85% for a time of 23:53 (37th overall) – second week in a row.
Grant HARRIES (VM50-54) (unattached) was graded 73.45% for the time 20:24 (6th overall).
Graham BURKE (VM65-69) of the YMCA of Canberra Runners Club was graded 72.09% for the time 24:11 (40th overall).