Run Director, Jaycob, eloquently prepared the 128 runners for their weekly timed tussle with topography. Greg Clarke and Michael Piggott manned the barcodes, with Kate Ridderhof on the stopwatch. Grant McDonald captured the event. Marshalls Amanda Kwong and Judith Bibo high-fived as many as possible and Len Hogg’s tail running was a masterpiece. Handing out finish tokens was Anita Scherrer who had earlier farewelled ultra-marathoner Ed Wilkinson at 6:00 am. A big thank you to all our volunteers.
We welcomed 18 first timers including Simon Claringbold from Tuggeranong, who crossed the line first, topped the age grade with 85.77%, and took 1:55 off the VM55-59 top performance. Peter James took out the VM50-54 top performance record. Samuel Spencer joined the members of the 50 club, 27 of whom were running today.
Well done to JW10 Caitlin Bowe on her 49 runs in 59 weeks, Craig and Julie Bowe too. Welcome back from injury Roger Abbott VM75-79 after 4 months. There were 20 new PBs including some with flair like Tracey Corby who took 4:29 off her PB and some by a whisker like SM25-29 Aaron Shrub’s 1 second PB.
Thanks to Peter Ralston for the run report. Usual stats below.
Men's placings: Simon CLARINGBOLD (VM55-59) of YMCA of Canberra Runners Club, was first over the line in 17:55 - first appearance. John STOKES (VM45-49) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:05. Ben SERPELL (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:30 - was first to finish once before. Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Craig BAKER (Unattached) 2965 pts. David BEAVEN (Unattached) 2808 pts. Peter EVANS (Unattached) 2375 pts.
Women's placings: Sophie LEWIS (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (24th overall) over the line in 21:47 - first appearance. Melissa MCCLUSKY (VW40-44) of YMCA of Canberra Runners Club, was second (25th overall) over the line in 21:48 - has been first to finish on 23 previous occasions. Rachel RATHJEN (SW20-24) (Unattached) was third (26th overall) over the line in 22:03.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Judith WILLIAMS (Unattached) 2914 pts. Tegan ROBERTS (Unattached) 2453 pts. Elspeth NICHOLLS (Unattached) 2081 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Simon CLARINGBOLD (VM55-59) was graded 85.77% for the time 17:55 (first overall). Peter JAMES (VM50-54) was graded 80.62% for the time 18:45 (4th overall). John STOKES (VM45-49) was graded 80.28% for the time 18:05 (second overall). This week there were 128 runners, of whom 18 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different athletics clubs took part. Ginninderra parkrun started on 28th April 2012, and since then 2,524 different runners, including participants from 80 athletics clubs, have completed 15,124 runs covering a total distance of 75,620 km, and there have been 3,525 new Personal Bests. The women's record is held by Sarah MCRAE who ran in a time of 00:17:55 on 2014-04-26 (event number 105). The men's 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 90.46% run (15:33) on 5th April 2014 (event number 102). Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ginninderra parkrun Results Page.