It was a great morning at New Farm parkrun with just under 390 runners. Perfect conditions for running, and great work by our pacers with 74 new PBs claimed.
Congratulations to Solly Litchfield who completed her 100th parkrun, and to Veronica Garcia-Hansen who ran her 50th. Ben Hitchings reached his (unofficial) milestone of 200 parkruns. Congratulations to all of you.
Our photos can be viewed in our facebook album and you can read Ben’s 200th parkrun story in our blog
A big thank you to today’s volunteers: Yvonne Ahchee, Deirdre Brown, Wendy Crompton, Mike Delisser, Natalie Goodlich, Lisa Hennell, Vesna Jaksic, Benjamin Lemberg, Kelly Millar, Ian Penney, K Pham, E Pham, Andrew Ridout, Samantha Thomas, Winn Winn, Heather Moore and Michele Meredith.
Also big thanks our volunteer pacers Helen Beatson (31), Tanya Bromilow (30), Colin Buckley (35), Jeff Dunbar (23), Joanna Henderson (27), Tom James (22), Sophie Kennedy (26), Ben Paskins (25), H Pham (28), David Remilton (32) and Ana Santos (24).
We had a really positive response to all our pacers and we’ll do it again on 10 June.
We still have some volunteer vacancies for next week. To volunteer, email us with your name or athlete ID, preferred date and task. Groups of friends, first-timers and juniors are always welcome!
Well done to all the juniors who scored PBs today: Liam McB, Hudson R (second week in a row), Isaac R, Kara B and Chloe B.
Welcome to our junior first timers: Saxon C, Mikayla G and Kyla C. We hope to see you again soon.
Parents, please remember our Under 11 rule which states all children aged 10 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times while running.
Also a reminder that scooters and bicycles are not permitted at parkrun, due to the safety risks to both children and parkrunners.
Shoes for Planet Earth
Thanks to Lisa Hennell for organising this collection this week and last week. We’ll do another one later in the year.
Read more about the work of Shoes for Planet Earth.
Please take some time to watch this video, as we’d like everyone to know where our defibrillator is kept and the basics of its use.
If you’d like more detailed information, check out this longer video or read the full instruction manual. You could also remind yourself of CPR.
The defib is stored in the blue plastic gear box between parkruns, and moved to the finish line for easy access once the run has started each week. It will stay there until the tailrunner crosses the line.
You can still donate to help all our Australian parkrun events get their own defibrillators. Donations are tax deductible.
Sat-Sun 20-21 May — Warwick Pentath, 5 races over 2 days totalling 42.2km
Saturday 20 May — Straddie Salute, 8km run/walk
Sat/Sun 20-21 May — Tough Mudder, Woodford
Sunday 21 May — Rotary Fun Run, 5km walk/run and 10km run at Rocks Riverside Park
Saturday 27 May — Noosa Multisports Festival, 5km, 10km, 21.1km, swim, cycle
Sunday 28 May— Brisbane Trail Marathon, marathon and half marathon events
Sunday 4 June —Brisbane Times City2 South, 14km and 5km events
Saturday 10 June — our next Pacer Day at New Farm parkrun. Be a pacer or request a time to be paced.
Saturday 10 June — Sandgate Love Run (4km or 8km run/walk)
Sunday 18 June— Griffith Sport Logan Fun Run, 5km, 10km, junior 1km dash
Sunday 18 June— Caloundra Foreshore Run
Saturday 1 July — Teneriffe Festival. New Farm parkrun will be cancelled on this day.
Sat-Sun 1-2 July — Gold Coast Airport Marathon, marathon, half marathon, 10km 5.7km and kids' 4km events
This week’s stats
This week 389 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 74 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 28 volunteers.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the New Farm parkrun Results Page.
An unknown runner was first.
Oliver MOORE (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:10.
An unknown runner was third.
Melissa WATSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (14th overall) over the line in 19:40 - 48th time in 112 appearances.
K PHAM (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (35th overall) over the line in 21:04 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Juliet STONE (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (42nd overall) over the line in 21:23.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Melissa WATSON (SW30-34) – 75.42% for the time 19:40 (14th overall).
Hudson RIDOUTT (JM10) – 74.27% for the time 21:15 (39th overall).
Ian CAUDWELL (VM55-59) – 73.64% for the time 20:52 (31st overall).
The female record is held by Clare GERAGHTY who recorded a time of 00:17:13 on 17th March 2012 (event number 27).
The male record is held by Jackson ELLIOTT who recorded a time of 00:15:15 on 14th December 2013 (event number 118).
The Age Grade course record is held by Bernie PORTENSKI who recorded 97.51% (20:47) on 19th April 2014 (event number 136).
New Farm parkrun started on 17th September 2011. Since then 12,089 participants have completed 78,718 parkruns covering a total distance of 393,590 km, including 13,778 new Personal Bests.