The rain held off for our 104 parkrunners. It turned out to be a clear day before the big music festival at the showgrounds caused the clouds to crack and bring thunder, lightning and every form of rain Zeus could conjure. Thank goodness we had an early morning Saturday parkrun.
There were 18 first timers to our Bendigo course, with seven new to parkrun. Welcome all, and well done on remembering your barcode. We hope to see you again and hope you make some new Saturday morning parkrunning friends. There were another seven unknowns who took part, so while we can't record their names for the record we hope they come again.
Need to sign up for a barcode? Follow this link: https://www.parkrun.com.au/register/
With the first finisher at this event not having their barcode, the first recorded runner acknowledgement must go to Luke Morris, with the first female being Tyra Evens – a first timer to our course. Congratulations, and extra congratulation to the 17 others who made personal best times on the day. Another congratulations to Leon Gilbert who took out the age graded category, in a time of 22:07 (just three second short of his personal best).
For a full list of results see: http://www.parkrun.com.au/bendigo/results/latestresults/
For those who have made it to a milestone club, Volunteer 25, Junior 10, 50 or 100 here is a link to explaining how to claim your free T-shirt: https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200565493-How-do-I-claim-my-club-t-shirt
Mums, dads, and dogs. Children with music players, hair ties, and muscle shirts. Friends, families, and fatigued finishers. All can be seen the Bendigo parkrun Facebook album page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bendigo-parkrun/1596754183900797
We love our volunteers as much as legionnaires hats protect the neck (that's a lot). Thanks this week to Jenny Boak, Lou Bray, Danny Burgess, Ian Carmichael, Julie Flynn, Jenny Johnston, Beth Lavery, Andrea Smith, and Bec Welsh.
We ask if you run five times, please volunteer once. This ratio should keep the event going. Volunteer via this link: http://www.parkrun.com.au/bendigo/volunteer/
For those who have made it to the 25 volunteer mark, here is a link to claim your fee t-shirt: https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200565493-How-do-I-claim-my-club-t-shirt
parkrun and wine. That could be a perfect mixture, but for those who prefer street parties there is one of those too, all happening on Saturday 7 May next to and in Rosalind Park.
For more details visit: https://www.bendigotourism.com/whats-on/whats-on-this-month
Bendigo parkrun is a free, timed, 5km event every Saturday. How is it free? It is all possible with support from our volunteers and The City of Greater Bendigo, and our sponsors: Suncorp, Stockland, VicHealth, the Gazelles Running Group and The Athletes Foot.
Tip of the Week
Do you feel like bringing the clouds to their knees? Stamp those feet like a brontosaurus and pound the pavement with the speed of the circadian rhythm. You can have the heavens shaking in no time.
by Luke Morris (parkrun volunteer)
An unknown runner was first.
Luke MORRIS (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 20:26 - was first to finish once before.
Wil MCCAIG (JM11-14) of Bendigo University Athletics Club, was third over the line in 20:35.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Brett DOBBIN (Unattached) 3175 pts.
Jason RICHTER (Derek Zoolander Centre for Kids Who Can't Run Good) 3043 pts.
Andrew SNELL (Unattached) 2521 pts.
Tyra EVANS (SW30-34) of Pacific Athletics Club, was first (7th overall) over the line in 21:24 - first appearance.
Bridie BLAKE-BURROWS (JW11-14) of Bendigo University Athletics Club, was second (8th overall) over the line in 21:27 - was first to finish once before.
Alison CARTNER (VW40-44) of Bendigo University Athletics Club, was third (17th overall) over the line in 23:58.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Kerryn HENSLEY (Unattached) 3041 pts.
Kay KELLY (Unattached) 2784 pts.
Jen POLLARD (Running Mums Australia) 2358 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Leon GILBERT (VM60-64) was graded 75.13% for the time 22:07 (12th overall).
Charles CHAMBERS (VM60-64) was graded 74.73% for the time 21:50 (9th overall).
Bridie BLAKE-BURROWS (JW11-14) was graded 73.27% for the time 21:27 (8th overall).
This week there were 104 runners, of whom 18 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.
Bendigo parkrun started on 11th July 2015, and since then 1,085 different runners, including participants from 65 athletics clubs, have completed 4,315 runs covering a total distance of 21,575 km, and there have been 1,169 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Teleah HAYES who ran in a time of 00:19:33 on 2015-11-21 (event number 20).
The male record is held by Andy BUCHANAN who ran in a time of 00:14:58 on 2016-04-09 (event number 40).
The Age Grade course record is held by Andy BUCHANAN who recorded a 86.19% run (14:58) on 9th April 2016 (event number 40).