Ten volunteers started 176 well-behaved runners of various abilities, dogs and prams on their run amongst the gums on a lovely equinox day. Graham Burke volunteered for the 37th time, and next day won his age group in the Weston Creek half marathon – proving that volunteering at parkrun will make you a better runner.
Visitor Ashley Cowley has run at 39 different parkruns in UK and Australia but only once at each one. Unique. Maybe Guinness Book of Records material? Good luck with your quest Ashley. Perhaps this is the only time we’ll ever not expect a first-timer to come back.
First woman, Cassondra Haider edged closer to the 20 minute club. First man, Anthony Haber also topped the age grade. Carol Wigg’s 5th PB in a row was amongst the 36 new PBs. Congratulations Emily Gearside on your PBPB (post baby PB), 2015 PB and almost new PB.
The same day as the Running Festival in Canberra 11-12 April, (42.2 km, 21.1 km, 10 km and 5 km), seven regular Gindy parkrunners will assemble in Paris for the marathon - hence the occasional ‘pardon my French’ heard around the tent when packing up.
Men's placings: Anthony Joseph HABER (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 16:32 - 12th time in 42 appearances. James MINTO (SM30-34) of Weston Creek AC, was second over the line in 17:28 - has been first to finish on 15 previous occasions. Steve EVES (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:47.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: David BEAVEN (Unattached) 4135 pts. Craig BAKER (Unattached) 4119 pts. Peter EVANS (Unattached) 3283 pts.
Women's placings: Cassondra HAIDER (SW20-24) (Unattached) was first (8th overall) over the line in 20:05 - third time in 3 appearances. Belinda ALLISON (VW40-44) of YMCA of Canberra Runners Club, was second (19th overall) over the line in 22:02 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions. Lindsey SWARTZENTRUBER (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (20th overall) over the line in 22:11.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Judith WILLIAMS (Unattached) 4066 pts. Tegan ROBERTS (Unattached) 3388 pts. Elspeth NICHOLLS (Unattached) 2864 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Anthony Joseph HABER (VM35-39) was graded 80.75% for the time 16:32 (first overall).
James MINTO (SM30-34) was graded 75.10% for the time 17:28 (second overall).
Cassondra HAIDER (SW20-24) was graded 73.69% for the time 20:05 (8th overall).
This week there were 176 runners, of whom 19 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.
Ginninderra parkrun started on 28th April 2012, and since then 2,928 different runners, including participants from 98 athletics clubs, have completed 18,026 runs covering a total distance of 90,130 km, and there have been 4,084 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.